Value chains for competitive smallholder systems


Livestock development is regularly constrained by low adoption rates of seemingly profitable and technically sound technologies. The improved integration of livestock farmers, especially women, into value chains is recognized as a precondition for many innovations to be attractive. Knowledge on the most appropriate combination of institutional arrangements for improving livestock value chains with relevant technological innovations is, however, inadequate.


Government, civil and private sector partners apply the increased knowledge in upgrading livestock value chains by providing more efficient access to markets as well as information, services and inputs. Better insights into adoption processes will allow for locally adapted combinations of tested technologies, management strategies and business models. Improved value chain performance and livestock productivity will positively impact on livelihoods and participation.


Innovative, inclusive and scalable institutional arrangements for improved value chains are developed and tested, addressing: enhanced access to product markets in terms of costs, reliability and equity; improved delivery of livestock inputs and services to enable productivity growth; and increased acceptance of product attributes within value chains.

Locally adapted suites of best-bet, improved and integrated technologies and management strategies are tested in regard to equitably enhancing livelihoods and resilience.

Harmonized impact assessments and adoption studies of selected technologies, practices and institutional arrangements across production systems and value chains for better targeting of research activities and development interventions.