Full compilation of two-week FARA member discussion on agricultural value chains
Very interesting discussion during the month of June 2013 on agricultural value chains in Africa sparked by the following June 5 post by Francis Kpodo about a World Bank report:
World Bank: Africa Agribusiness Report 2013 – Africa Agribusiness
Feature Story: Africa’s Agriculture and Agribusiness Markets Set to Top US$ One Trillion in 2030
An enthusiastic value chain discussion between FARA subscribers has continued for two weeks. I have worked value chains in the US and in Guatemala – and many of my colleagues in Africa work on projects with value chain components.
I’ve seen many value chain challenges and opportunities in my work – and so this discussion was extraordinarily interesting and enlightening for me. Thank you all very much!
I compiled all the discussions into a single Word document – I have not done any editing however. It comes in at 22 pages but can be quickly scanned.
I also posted the discussion to our June Top Resources Newsletter so that more people can learn about what FARA is doing. The newsletter contains current resources on both agriculture and on connecting smallholders to markets. Enjoy!
Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa
Center for Sustainable Development
Tim Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation published by Routledge, Oxford, England.
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