Inclusive Value Chains to Accelerate Poverty Reduction in Africa

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Swinnen J.
Kuijpers R.

The rapid transformation of agri-food value chains in Africa and other developing countries has important implications for economic growth and poverty reduction. Policy makers increasingly recognize this but there is a need for a better understanding of what value chain transformation entails and what the main policy options are. This paper provides an overview and analysis of different value chain models that have emerged in the past decades and reviews the literature on the main development implications. We discuss and categorize existing policy initiatives that aim to stimulate inclusive value chain development. Based on this review we identify lessons and implications for policy makers.

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agri-food value chains
Poverty reduction
policy makers
value chain transformation