Value chain development
The Value chain approach is currently a popular method to encourage poverty reduction and economic growth in developing countries. This approach recognises that a product moves from producer to consumer through a chain of steps. The chain starts with production, followed by harvesting and processing, and ends with marketing. In each of these steps the actors that are involved in the link add value to the product. That is why the system is called a value chain. By addressing gaps and problems all over the value chain, development organisations can significantly increase their impact on community livelihoods. Targeted pro-poor interventions include improved (access to) inputs and equipment, improved production, harvesting and processing techniques, and enhanced demand and marketing of (end) products.