A Handbook for Value Chain Research

The objective of this Handbook is to assist researchers in formulating and executing value chain research, particularly with a view to framing a policy environment which will assist poor producers and poor countries to participate effectively in the global economy. Aside from this introductory chapter, the main body of the Handbook is divided into three distinct parts, each comprising a number of chapters:

1. Part 1 provides a broad overview, defining value chains, introducing key concepts and discussing the contribution of value chain analysis as an analytical and policy tool.

2. Part 2 is concerned with underlying theoretical constructs in value chain analysis.

3. In Part 3 we lay out a methodology for undertaking value chain research.

The Handbook ends with a concluding chapter which provides some pointers to the policy implications of value chain analysis.

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