“Smallholders are increasingly seen at the center not only of food production, but of many longer value chains throughout the world and the important role they’re playing in food security and environmental stewardship.” (Mark Lundy, team leader, Linking Farmers to Markets, CIAT)
Value chain mapping and analysis is gaining momentum amongst agricultural development practitioners, meaning that innovation is constant.
This week, the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), launched the Value Chains Knowledge Clearinghouse, an effort to consolidate the tools and knowledge continuously evolving on value chains. Effective value chains seek to integrate small-scale traders, producers, processors and retailers with consumers and commercial entities. The Clearinghouse has categorized existing and ongoing knowledge into a comprehensive and accessible repository of research methods and best practices targeting stakeholders such as farmers, the private sector, development practitioners, researchers and other users.
Led by IFPRI, in partnership with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the International Livestock research Institute (ILRI), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Bioversity International and the International Potato Center (CIP), the Clearinghouse showcases featured tools, data and best practices alongside upcoming events, networking opportunities and resources to further promote collaboration and research exchange.