Trends in Agricultural Value Chains: Vertical Integration and Industry Consolidation

Having a deep understanding of AVCs is essential to select and apply the relevant financing instruments. Investors can lend to the strongest chain actor to reduce risks and delegate further internal value chain lending decisions based on its first-hand knowledge of other actors. This paper summarizes the findings of a survey carried out in 2017, interviewing 31 experts from small and large companies operating in the agriculture sector that provided insights on the trends shaping agricultural value chains (AVCs) in emerging markets. It focuses on vertical integration and consolidation, their key drivers and their impact. 

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