AGRI BASED VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT
Growth and development of agricultural value chains for local and external markets can be considered as a powerful tool for poverty reduction and to fight against the challenge of food-security in developing countries like India. This particularly makes a strong case in India where farmers are able to produce agricultural products, such as fresh fruits and vegetables that have higher potential for value addition as compared to conventional crops, and if access is made available to processing, marketing and distribution, which could enhance the value of the final products.
Fueled by these new strategic directions, there is significant demand by value chain actors for technical assistance, improved production technologies, business development services and linkages to markets along value chains. However, limited access to input and output markets constrain smallholder agricultural development in India. Lack of knowledge and limited capacities of public and private agents to undertake market-led agriculture development also hamper growth.
ICCSPLs value chain approach
ICCSPL is pursuing a market-oriented agricultural development strategy to increase agricultural production and improve the livelihoods of smallholders. An approach to development which puts at the centre the interrelatedness of actors in the value chain who – separated by time and space – gradually add value to products and services as they pass from one link in the chain to the next. Our value chain approach includes: