Value chain development and assessment is at the heart of the livestock and fish research program. In the past three years, a useful collaboration has been created with the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) to develop, test and refine various tools a and approaches to our value chain work.
The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets has launched a Value Chains Knowledge Clearinghouse to provide a comprehensive and accessible repository of research methods and best practices surrounding value chain performance that can be used by all CGIAR research programs and partners.
The Clearinghouse also will help practitioners and specialists:
- Identify key constraints and opportunities in value chains;
- Evaluate opportunities for upgrading value chains;
- Optimize and prioritize investment in institutional arrangements and value chain infrastructure;
- Improve equity and reduce poverty in developing countries through improved market access, technical innovation, information, and improved efficiency to reduce marketing margins and increase farm gate prices;
- Expand labor opportunities for women and the landless and boost the incomes of rural households;
- Promote risk-coping mechanisms for farmers; and
- Increase the quality of farmers’ products, thereby improving food security.