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Danish Institute for International Studies (2010) Agro-Food Value Chain Interventions in Asia and the Pacific: A review and analysis of case studies

  • The study was commissioned by UNIDO and IFAD with the purposes of synthesizing best practices in value chain projects in Asia and the Pacific region, focusing on project design and formulation.
  • The field case studies and comparative analysis of the six value chain projects were carried out from Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The six case studies was to collect experiences focusing on the relationships between (pre-project) value chain analysis/assessment on the one hand and project design, implementation and outcomes (respectively) on the other hand.
  • While the most projects recognize horizontal issues like poverty, gender and environment, they are not given much consideration in analysis, selection or design of the value chain.
  • One needs to be aware of the risks taken by working with only one actor in a value chain node. Overreliance on one single input supplier or buyer will shook the foundations of the project once it cannot provide enough input or goes bankrupt.
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