Inclusive and Efficient Value Chains: Innovations, Scaling, and Way Forward


November 10, 2021

PIM Webinar

November 22, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm EST

In the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), market and related aspects have been mostly addressed by PIM Flagship 3: Inclusive and Efficient Value Chains. The team has been focusing on the evolving international, regional, and local contexts for agricultural markets, and investigating how value chains (VC) can be strengthened to generate more benefits for smallholders and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), with differentiated opportunities for women, men, and youth. This webinar will present some of the key findings from the Flagship’s work in 2017-2021 in three areas: 1) value chain innovations, 2) use of value chains for scaling CGIAR solutions, and 3) interactions between research and practice for value chain development.

Erwin Bulte (WUR) and Alan de Brauw (IFPRI) will discuss the broad types of VC innovations for efficiency and inclusion the team have studied, the influence those studies have had on partners, and directions the findings suggest for the future.

Over nearly 10 years, CGIAR has used diverse value chains as a framework for scaling CGIAR technologies and other innovations. Dietmar Stoian (CIFOR-ICRAF) and Diego Naziri (CIP) will present how this engagement was conceptualized, the ways it was implemented, what has been achieved, and what lessons have been learnt for future value chain engagement.

Value chain researchers in CGIAR have focused on a broad array of value chains across countries and settings, resulting in numerous approaches, methodologies, and tools for value chain development. Practitioners, in turn, often use own approaches and toolkits for value chain development. In the final presentation, Dietmar Stoian (CIFOR-ICRAF) and Jason Donovan (CIMMYT) will show how research and practice have interacted on value chain development over the past years and, looking forward, how such interactions can be strengthened to achieve impact at scale.


Erwin Bulte – professor of development economics at Wageningen University; co-leader of PIM Flagship 3: Inclusive and Efficient Value Chains

Alan de Brauw – senior research fellow, Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); leader of PIM Flagship 3 cluster on “Value Chains Research: Outreach and Scaling” and co-leader of “Interventions to Strengthen Value Chains” cluster.

Dietmar Stoianlead scientist, Value Chains, Private Sector Engagement and Investments, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)

Diego Nazirivalue chain and postharvest specialist, International Potato Center (CIP); Leader of “Nutritious Food and Value Added through Post-harvest Innovation” research flagship in the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB)

Jason Donovansenior economist, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), co-leader of PIM Cluster “Interventions to Strengthen Value Chains”


Jennifer Wiegel - sub-regional manager for Central America and scientist, Sustainable Food Systems at the Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT


Nicholas Minot - senior research fellow, IFPRI and co-leader of PIM Flagship 3: Inclusive and Efficient Value Chains)

Closing remarks:

Frank Place - director, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets

Photo: Zerihun Sewunet / ILRI

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