Journal article

Chain failure and chain goods: Re-thinking value chain upgrading and promotion in developing countries

G Griffith, D Baker, E Fleming, S Mounter, B Malcolm, W Umberger

International Journal on Food System Dynamics | Published : 2017


The concept of value chain upgrading and promotion has been proposed as a vehicle for small-holder farmers in developing countries to gain access to higher value markets and thus generate greater income for their families and communities. However, there are many instances where investments in upgrading have not generated the expected outcomes. One of the contributing factors has been that existing approaches focus more on who does what rather than the real problem to be addressed. A chain failure framework on the other hand focuses attention on the core problem and the appropriate response, rather than on who does what. It takes a system view rather than a function or component view, and it ..

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