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Under what conditions are value chains effective tools for pro-poor development?

Don Seville, Abbi Buxton, Bill Vorley

Report/paper, 48 pages

The purpose of this paper is to draw together preliminary conclusions and open questions of the impact on the livelihoods of poorer producers through participation in formal value chains. This is a critical topic for donors and NGOs as they consider the effectiveness of investment strategies, and for companies seeking to contribute to the Millennium Development Goals through their sourcing practices.

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Millions of farmers in Africa depend on export markets for their livelihoods. But recent market trends have led to declining small farmer participation. Yet, these farmers have the skill and soil to provide the high-quality products the food industry seeks. This collaborative initiative engaged with research, civil society and private sector partners to develop new business models across a variety of sectors that enable smallholders to participate in sustainable trading relationships with international businesses and thereby improve their livelihoods.

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