Value Chains and Value Chain Analysis

A Signature Value Chain Approach to Strengthen Value Chains & Promote Economic Opportunities

ACDI/VOCA uses value chains, specifically value chain analysis, to understand private sector development in emerging economy settings to jumpstart economic growth and poverty reduction.

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ACDI/VOCA's value chain approach is unique in that it uses a participatory, stakeholder-driven approach to exploit opportunities for investment and growth in industries with high levels of micro and small enterprise (MSE) involvement.

Relationships Key for Market Chains

The value chain approach analyzes the firms in a market chain—from input suppliers to final buyers—and the relationships among them.

It analyzes the factors in­fluencing industry performance, including access to and the requirements of end markets; the legal, regulatory and policy environment; coordination between firms in the industry; and the level and quality of support services.

Global Competitiveness

Relationships among firms in an industry can facilitate production and marketing efficiencies and enable the flow of information, learning, resources and benefits.

ACDI/VOCA works with industry stakeholders to strengthen or restructure relationships and address resource constraints to increase the global competitiveness of the industry and the ability of small firms to contribute to and benefit from this competitiveness.

Vibrant Value Chains Drive Economic Growth

Working with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), other donors, local governments and industry leaders, ACDI/VOCA promotes MSE access to critical technical, financial and business services to increase efficiency, improve quality and benefit from new markets.

Strengthening at the Firm and Market Levels

ACDI/VOCA provides technical assistance at the firm level to improve capacity to benefit from market opportunities, better inputs and more productive technology.

At the market level, ACDI/VOCA alleviates constraints along competitive value chains by supporting suppliers of critical support services and by improving the business enabling environment to increase the contribution of the industry to economic growth and poverty reduction.


World Report: The Value Chain Approach

World Report: The Value Chain Approach; Strengthening Value Chains to Promote Economic Opportunities

Value Chain Framework |  Value Chain Training |  Value Chain Publications |  Links

A Selection of Past Projects


January 9, 2015

Mobile Phone Application Helps Smallholders Plan, Avoid Waste

October 9, 2014

ACDI/VOCA Awarded USAID Agro Horizon Project in Kyrgyzstan

September 18, 2014

Joining Forces to Build Stronger, Inclusive Market Systems

Media Coverage

July 22, 2014

SEEP Blog: Taking Gender Integration Further: Giving Women the Skills They Need to Compete in Markets

May 13, 2014

Daily News: Hybrid rice seed farming triggers new hope

April 14, 2014

VibeGhana: USAID to Scale up Agricultural Investment Cereal

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