Value-chain development for rural poverty reduction: A reality check and a warning uri icon

abstract

  • Chapter 2 (Stoian et al.) draws attention to the link between VCD and smallholder livelihood strategies that comprise a complex mix of subsistence and market-oriented activities and that are diversified to meet multiple livelihood goals and mitigate risks; and the authors address the related implications for the design and assessment of value-chain interventions. They question some of the underlying assumptions of NGOs, government agencies, and private-sector agents seeking to link smallholders to higher-value markets
  • In the late 1990s, a sense of urgency over the need to reinvigorate develop - ment processes led to the formulation of the Millennium Development Goals, which incorporated the view that increased income is a prerequisite to live - lihood security and a decent standard of living. To date, however, notable progress in poverty reductionâ??measured in terms of income and passing the US$1 a day absolute poverty thresholdâ??has mainly been made in Southeast and East Asia, especially China, while significant poverty pockets continue to persist in the rural areas of Africa south of the Sahara, and in South Asia, and Central and South America (UN 2011). In search of viable alternatives to reducing poverty, value-chain development (VCD) emerged in the early 2000s as (1) a market-based approach to meet poverty-related Millennium Development Goals, and (2) a response to new opportunities in international markets signaling stronger demand for agricultural and forest products and services produced with environmental and social responsibility

publication date

  • 2016
  • 2016