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The Value chain approach : concepts, benefits and risks for family farming

Caroline Amrom, 15 October 2013

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Wednesday 27th November, the CSA organized a seminar in Brussels which has gathered different farmers’ organizations from the North and the South, as well as NGOs, agri-agencies, researchers and policy-makers in order to analyze the value chain approach and its risks and benefits.


The value chain approach is very popular in the agricultural development sector in the countries of the South through the “professionalization” of producers and farmers organizations. But, what are this approach’s history and benefits? Which tools enable the Farmers Organizations to implement the value chain approach for their members’ benefit?

Beyond the theoretical and methodological inputs, it will also be important to step back from the approach and to question the value chain approach’s impact on family farming in the North as well as in the South countries.
How is the value chain approach implemented in risk management matters at the farm’s level? How can a sectorial framework be reconciled with an holistic approach of the family farms? Moreover, what are the consequences of the value chain approach on the structural development of farmers’ organizations? And how does it influence their role of representing their members?

The seminar aimed at provoking a collective reflection on the organization of agriculture in value chains.

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