Value Chains

If the agricultural sector is to play a bigger role in inclusive growth and improving nutrition, more focus is needed on what happens between production and consumption. In a value chain, value is added to the product along the supply chain through certain activities—including storage, distribution, and processing—and the work of many actors. IFPRI uses value-chain analysis to answer many questions, including:  What factors determine food costs? Where are the major bottlenecks? How does the nutrient quality of foods change along the value chain and how we can improve the nutrient content? Where are innovations needed to link small farmers to the best inputs and robust markets? IFPRI uses lessons learned from these inquiries to inform policy recommendations from the micro to the macro scale, and offers stakeholders and researchers public access to value chain-related tools, success stories, and more.