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Intervening in Value Chains: Lessons from Zambia's Task Force on Acceleration of Cassava Utilisation

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  • Maureen Chitundu
  • Klaus Droppelmann
  • Steven Haggblade

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Smallholder farmers operate in vertical supply chains. Therefore, an understanding of key opportunities and constraints up through the value chain becomes necessary for sustaining smallholder growth. Yet market analysis is of little value unless key private and public sector stakeholders agree to implement necessary reforms. This paper advocates an approach which marries together value chain analysis with a stakeholder task force to ensure that analysis of opportunities and constraints gets translated into actions that will facilitate commercial growth. Using Zambia's cassava task force as an example, the paper describes the value chain task force method and identifies elements critical to its effective implementation.

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  • Maureen Chitundu & Klaus Droppelmann & Steven Haggblade, 2009. "Intervening in Value Chains: Lessons from Zambia's Task Force on Acceleration of Cassava Utilisation," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(4), pages 593-620.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:45:y:2009:i:4:p:593-620
    DOI: 10.1080/00220380802582320
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    1. Poole, Nigel D. & Chitundu, Maureen & Msoni, Ronald, 2013. "Commercialisation: A meta-approach for agricultural development among smallholder farmers in Africa?," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 155-165.
    2. Haggblade, Steven & Hazell, Peter & Reardon, Thomas, 2010. "The Rural Non-farm Economy: Prospects for Growth and Poverty Reduction," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 38(10), pages 1429-1441, October.
    3. Livia Bizikova & Stefan Jungcurt & Kieran McDougal & Carin Smaller, 2017. "Effective Public Investments to Improve Food Security," Working Papers id:12324, eSocialSciences.

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