Adding value to value chains: How to unlock the poverty-fighting potential of value chains

Poor people are producers, workers, entrepreneurs and consumers – yet they are the most disadvantaged in market systems. Why do so many people remain at the bottom of the pyramid, unable to participate equitably in markets and improve their livelihoods? What are the barriers to their progress? How can market actors – donors, private sector partners, governments and NGOs – work together to enable more people to participate in value chains?

This report examines four major issues that CARE thinks need to be addressed in order to enable more poor people to participate effectively and sustainably in market systems and value chains: risk, systems, innovation and scale. Drawing on CARE’s experience of working with donors and private sector partners to co-create inclusive business models, each section offers examples and case studies, suggests solutions and approaches, and raises questions and challenges. How can market actors work together to manage risk? How can we encourage a holistic approach to value chain development? How can we support innovation and find new, effective ways of promoting value chain development? How can we scale up what works in order to achieve the greatest impact?

  • Countries: Global
  • Published: October 2015

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