Toward leaner and more effective value chain development. Special journal edition on inclusive VCD and associated services

Since the early 2000’s, practitioners and researchers have been working on ways to design market-oriented development interventions with smallholders. Many of the findings have provided positive experiences by a given NGO or project in a particular context. Early writings helped to put value chain development (VCD) on the development agenda, while advancing innovation in market-based >> Read more

Business models to benefit women and men farmers: LINK methodology with gender lens

This story by Tatiana Gumucio originally written for the CIAT blog tells about how adding a specific gender lens to the already proven LINK methodology (set of tools for developing inclusive business models) can help promote business environment that better serves both men and women smallholder farmers. The pilot testing of the updated LINK was carried out with vegetable >> Read more

Book synopsis: Innovation for inclusive value-chain development: Successes and challenges

Innovation for inclusive value-chain development: Successes and challenges, a forthcoming book edited by André Devaux, Maximo Torero, Jason Donovan, and Douglas Horton and published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) draws on research on agricultural innovation, rural livelihoods, value chains, and contract farming in different geographic, social, economic, and institutional contexts to identify several common themes >> Read more

What do we mean by ‘women’s crops’?

“Women’s crops” is a familiar feature in writing about smallholder agriculture in Africa south of the Sahara. Although not always easy to define, they generally refer to crops grown by women for home consumption rather than for sale. The growth of domestic and regional markets has opened new opportunities for commercializing these crops. This is >> Read more

Call for papers: “Enterprise Development and Microfinance” special edition on value chain development in agriculture

Enterprise Development and Microfinance (EDM), a peer-reviewed international journal providing a forum for those involved in designing and running value chain and private sector development programs and microfinance in developing countries, invites researchers and development practitioners to share their unique insights on the topic in the new special edition titled “Value chain development in agriculture: >> Read more