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BREAKOUT SESSION 8: VALUE CHAINS

BREAKOUT SESSION 8: VALUE CHAINS

BACKGROUND AND SCOPE

Development research on value chains is very diverse and a clear theoretical and methodological framework for value chain assessment and analysis is still non-existent. The broad interpretation of "value chain'' has led to many different ways of interpreting the value chain concept and a blurred understanding of its meaning. This also applies to the variety of CGIAR research projects, many of which emphasize different value chain aspects and use different methodologies and tools.

Main issues to be addressed are:

  • The role of value chain concepts in nutrition and health related CGIAR research projects. This includes discussion on the relation between technology focused research and (socio-economic) value chain research.
  • Availability and applicability of value chain methodologies and tools in nutrition and health related CGIAR research projects. This includes discussion on existing experiences and typical gaps to be filled in.

The session will start with a keynote presentation by Laurian Unnevehr (IFPRI), linking nutrition and health issues to value chains, leading to questions to the audience on the application of the value chain concept in nutrition and health related CGIAR research.

Three case studies will be presented, by Delia Grace (ILRI) on food safety and informal markets in meat value chains, Alan de Brauw (IFPRI) on the introduction and promotion of products with high nutritional value (Orange Sweet Potatoes), and Jason Donovan (ICRAF) on typical challenges of fruit value chains supplying products into Lima. These case studies will lead to questions to the audience on practical applications of the value chain concept and available methodologies and tools.

A substantial part of the session will be dedicated to (table) group discussions between participants as well as plenary (panel) discussion.