Value Chain Analysis for Development (VCA4D)

Value Chain Analysis for Development (VCA4D)

Value Chain Analysis for Development (VCA4D)

Monday, 1 July, 2019

The Value Chain Analysis for Development (VCA4D) is a facility managed by the European Commission and implemented by Agrinatura, the European Alliance on agricultural knowledge for development. It aims at providing the necessary expertise for the analysis of value chains in partner countries at the demand of the EU Delegations or local Governments. It is based on an evidence-based quantitative analysis toolkit, the so-called “Methodological support for analyses and development of inclusive and sustainable value chains” elaborated by the European Commission. The methodology used includes a functional analysis of the value chain and a technical diagnosis of three sustainability criteria: economic, social and environmental. The former will provide a general description of the VC, a technical diagnosis of its different stages and an analysis of its governance and power structure. The methodological toolkit will therefore be a diagnostic and monitoring system to shed light on 4 leading questions: 1. What is the contribution of the value chain to economic growth? 2. Is this economic growth inclusive? 3. Is the value chain socially sustainable? 4. Is the value chain environmentally sustainable? This type of analysis is intended to generate information to feed the policy dialogue and advise investments in VCs. It supports the European Commission (EC) and more precisely EU Delegations and DEVCO, to enhance its project management, improve accountability, manage reputational risks linked to investments, and ultimately improve its decision-making on value chains operations thanks to evidence-based information. This is relevant, in particular but not only, when the EC foresees investments in partnership with the private sector.

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