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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 small farmers were missing out on this market.

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