Agro-Food Value Chain Interventions in Asia: A review and analysis of case studies

This working paper has been set off by UNIDO with the purpose of synthesizing approaches and experiences in value chain development projects in Asia region. It consists of a conceptual review of different forms of value chain development projects emerging from the literature. It then engages in a comparative analysis of six field studies of value chain development projects in Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Indonesia. Finally, the paper synthesizes a number of key issues emerging from both the review and the case studies. The synthesis focuses primarily on the issues of project design and formulation while featuring, to a lesser extent, issues related to other parts of the project cycle such as implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The paper pays particular attention to the peculiarities of developing pro-poor and gender-balanced value chains.

The working paper is part of the results of a project that aims at consolidating methods and tools of value chain analysis in Asia region to develop a guideline for pro-poor value chain development interventions in the agro-food sector. The guideline will provide a simple step-by-step approach to analyzing value chains and designing pro-poor value chain development projects. It will assist practitioners in design and management of value chain development projects as well as public officers at national, regional or local level dealing with agri-business and/or agro-industrial value chain development programmes.

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