These guidelines highlight the most important issues that development agencies need to consider when they engage in value chain development in rural areas. The paper offers guiding principles for development practitioners and policy makers, and points to further useful material.
This paper is based on the insights gained during the online debate on the forum “Value Chains in Rural Development” operated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, with its various and sometimes contradicting examples, cases, perceptions and discussions.
Daniel Roduner, Swiss Center for Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (AGRIDEA). Published by VCRD CoP, Berne, 2007.