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Agricultural Value Chain Development and Market Linkages Course


A value chain is a set of linked activities that work to add value to a product; it consists of actors and actions that improve a product while linking commodity producers to processors and markets. Agriculture value chains encompasses the flow of products, knowledge and information, finance, payments, and the social capital needed to organize producers and communities. These includes activities such as designing, production, marketing, distribution and support services up to the final consumer.

This approach combines the strengths of value chain analysis with the promotion of sustainable market-based solutions (MBSs) that respond to the recurrent needs of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, (MSMEs) including farmers. Value chain analysis is important in understanding markets, inter-firm relationships, and critical constraints that limit growth and industry competitiveness. Collaboration among all the actors in the value chain at all levels to address value chain constraints can result in MBS that are sustainable in the long run and that do not render markets failures and information asymmetry. This training course aims at guiding participants towards development of sustainable value chains.


5 days


This course is intended for various actors in the Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding agencies, Research organizations and non-government organizations among others for Agriculture support activities and other Development programmes.


By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

•Understand guiding principles of value chain programs that seek to improve competitiveness and benefit MSMEs through sustainable market-based solutions.

•Design value chain development projects.

•Understand the foundations of market development and value chain promotion.

•Enhance your analytical skills to determine market requirements and identify competitive challenges.     

•Understand the different roles that relevant stakeholders play in value chains.

•Understand intervention strategies, the kinds of intervention and the criteria selecting in value chain development.

•Identify the advantages and disadvantages of a value chain approach.


Introduction to Value Chain Development

•Basic concepts in value chains

•Functions of value chains

•Significance of value chains

•Limitations of value chains

Value Chain Project Design Overview

•Value chain selection

•Value chain analysis

•Identification of new or existing market-based solutions (MBSS)

•Identification of MBS facilitation

•Assessment of market-based solutions

•Structuring collaboration and monitoring performance

•Practical examples of value chains in agriculture

Agriculture Value Chain interventions            

•Agricultural value chain finance strategy and design

•Agriculture value chain partnerships

•Enabling environments for agriculture value chains success

•Agriculture value chain as an enabler of Local economic development

Risk Identification and Management in Value Chains

•Risk management framework

•Application of the risk management techniques

Strengths & Constraints Analysis in Value Chains

•End market analysis

•Value chain governance

•Inter-firm relationships

•Sustainable Solutions

Gender Engagement in Value Chains

•Gender analysis and agricultural markets, services and value chains

•Enhancing women’s access to productive resources and markets

•Influencing the policy and legal environment

Market Linkages in Value Chain

•Types of market linkages

•Principles for adopting market development approach for enterprise development

•Identifying profitable markets

•Role of different stakeholders in value chains

•Factors affecting the success of linkages

•The enabling environment for market linkages


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).


The training will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments and lunch.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817.

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Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B. 5th October 2020.

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Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 12-10-2020
Event End Date 16-10-2020
Cut off date 05-10-2020
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 75,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 1,012
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 1,000
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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