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Agriculture Value Chains Course


A value chain describes the full range of activities of a product lifecycle from conception, through the intermediary phases, delivery to final consumers and final disposal after use. During each stage, the value is added. Value chain analysis refers to the study of the structure and dynamics of the value chain with a view to drawing up a strategy or an approach to the value chain. Value chain development is implementing a strategy to overcome the constraints and/or to benefit from opportunities at multiple levels of the value chain. 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 agricultural stakeholders. Value chain analysis is important in understanding markets, inter-firm relationships, and critical constraints that limit growth and industrial competitiveness. Collaboration among the private sector and market actors to address value chain constraints can result in MBS that are sustainable in the long run and that do not distort local markets. This training course aims at guiding participants towards development of sustainable value chains.


5 days


This course is intended for stakeholders in agricultural development such as extension officers, policymakers, government officials, funding agencies, research organizations and Non-Government Organizations among others.


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

  • The concept of a value chain, how to improve its competitiveness and benefit through sustainable market-based solutions.
  • Design value chain development projects.
  • Understand the foundations of market development and value chain promotion.
  • Enhance analytical skills in product markets and identify competitive challenges.     
  • Understand the different roles that relevant stakeholders play in value chains.
  • Understand intervention strategies 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
  • The 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

Value Chain intervention concept and its relationship to            

  • Value chain finance
  • Partnering with lead firms
  • Enabling environments
  • 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 a 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


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 15th April 2019.

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Payment for all the courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.    Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.    No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

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 22-04-2019
Event End Date 26-04-2019
Cut off date 15-04-2019
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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