Pillar III: Value Chain and Market Development

info_and_commAchieving economic growth that reduces poverty requires focusing not only on access to markets, inputs, technology, and a whole range of services for the smallholder farmers, but also on the performance of industries in which large numbers of the poor participate, as workers and entrepreneurs. Enterprise development can create wealth in poor communities by sustainably linking large numbers of micro- and small enterprises (MSEs) into international, national and/or local value chains, while addressing the systemic constraints MSEs face in taking advantage of market opportunities. The structures, systems and relationships that define the value chain can be influenced to enable MSEs to improve (or upgrade) their products and processes, and thereby contribute to and benefit from the chain’s competitiveness.

Under this pillar, EOAI efforts focus on four key areas identified for EOA product value chains:

  • Stimulating the breeding and production of seed and breeds that respond to and have available organic farm inputs (especially fertilisers and biopesticides) so that farmers can access and grow more produce for target markets.
  • Encouraging value addition to EOA products so as to earn higher profit margins and provide employment for quality processing and packaging between production and the market.
  • Developing sustainable markets to increase trade in EOA high value products both at domestic and export levels.
  • Encouraging consumer participation throughout the entire value chain process.