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Agricultural value chain guide for the Pacific Islands

A guide – event

January 23, 2015

Publication on the Pacific's food value chains

“I do not need all these words about value chains. What I want is to make more from my papayas, to pay my rent, repaint my house, pay school fees, pay for my daughter’s wedding, etc.”

This is the opening quotation of one of the first chapters of this new guide on agricultural value chains in the Pacific Islands. Yet, and although there are already a dozen value chain guides in existence, this guide, produced in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, is an event. No previous guide addresses such a complex issue in such detail. As Michael Hailu, CTA Director, emphasises in his foreword, this guide aimed at VC participants and their support organisations is a tool tailored to its target public.

From definitions to case studies, a step-by-step approach

The authors spell out their approach in the first lines: they want to provide practical answers to questions from value chain participants and their support organisations with the aim of contributing to a sustainable increase in the earnings of value chain participants. The guide begins with a precise definition of the subject before presenting practical tools. The examples and case studies present the information needed to analyse a value chain, give greater prominence to its strengths and improve its weaknesses. Training is not neglected, with a chapter containing “seven key messages”. Lastly, the annexes include in particular six case studies financed by CTA on subjects as diverse as exports of taro and papayas from Fiji, spices from Vanuatu and cut flowers from the Solomon Islands.  

A truly “practical” guide

The guide’s format is worth mentioning: it is extensively illustrated, with drawings, photographs, graphs and numerous tables. In addition the layout means that the guide can be read on several levels, with analytical texts, short testimonies, hints and tips, etc. At the end of each chapter, the guide includes several blank pages to enable readers to make notes and “personalise” the guide. This guide promises to be highly enriching…