From 17th to 19th April the Land Resources Division of Secretariat of the Pacific Community is to run a course on agricultural value chains, aimed at a range of Pacific Island stakeholders in government and the private sector. The course will be introduced by Land Resources Division’s Director, Inoke Ratukalou and will feature the expertise of some of the region’s top specialists in work to enhance value along the agricultural supply chain.
The course objective is to provide staff with technical expertise and skills in agricultural value chain analysis and development. The outcome is that participants and their organizations will deepen their understanding and improve their performance in moving value chains forward in the project and program context.
The course will enhance the participants’ expertise and skills in value chain analysis and development approaches in:
- Value chain concepts, principles and applications
- Analysis and assessment of value chains, including value chain mapping, economic analysis, value-added calculation, and governance mapping
- Promoting linkages and facilitating value chain upgrade including through public private partnership (PPP)
- Monitoring and evaluating value chain development and sustainability
The course will follow a structured process designed to provide background concepts and methodological tools, discussion, workshops on case studies, and special focus topics.
The course will be organized as a three-day face to face program designed to provide actual experience of value chain analysis and assessment. In addition it will also focus on tackling issues and challenges of value chain development based on “real-life” context. The training will also provide workshops, interactive classroom discussions and presentations to build understanding of the value chain approach and the issues and challenges of value chain development.
Training materials developed for the course will cover a full array of conceptual, analytical and practical topics, which are instrumental to analyzing and developing a value chain, including the following:
a. Rationale for Value Chain Approach
b. Prioritizing Value Chains for Analysis
c. Mapping the Value Chain
d. Calculating costs and margins along the value chain
e. Technology, Knowledge, and Upgrading
f. Calculating Income of Actors along the Value Chain
g. Employment in the Value Chain
h. Governance in the Value Chain
i. Linkages in the Value Chain
j. Facilitating value chain upgrade including through public private partnership (PPP)
k. Monitoring and evaluating value chain development and sustainability
AGRICULTURAL VALUE CHAIN PORTAL OBJECTIVES
Develop a web-based platform where actors and other stakeholders in Pacific agricultural value chains can learn, interact and explore opportunities for improving the functioning of their value chains.
A significant part of the assignment will be to gather together all the existing information on Pacific agricultural value chains, and work with it to ensure it is accessible to the relevant stakeholder groups. This will include categorising it, cross-referencing and linking, adding descriptions or summaries where appropriate, and synthesising or rewriting as necessary to make it accessible to the different stakeholder groups. Information on value chains outside the pacific region will also be included where it is judged to be potentially useful.
The website will also promote value chain analysis as a useful tool for at least some of the stakeholder groups. There are many value chain toolkits currently available, though none specifically tailored for the Pacific region. The website will include links to those that are available, with summaries of their application and relevance for the Pacific region.
The website will also include (or link to) information on interventions that are known to improve value chain functioning, for example market information systems (general information, and actual market information where available), forming farmer associations, and accessing credit.
The website will provide an interactive platform for stakeholder groups to discuss and learn from each other, as individuals or as groups. For example, depending on user needs, there could be a discussion forum for a specific value chain (export papaya from Fiji, for example), or for a specific group of stakeholders (all exporters, for example). The website will therefore link up actors across value chains, and contribute to improving openness and transparency, and building trust.
Building awareness of the website, and buy-in from stakeholders, will be an important part of the process. A consultative e-group of representatives of the different stakeholder groups will be established at an early stage, and input will be invited throughout the process of developing the website. This will ensure that the website meets the needs of the user groups. Awareness and buy-in will be consolidated at a workshop, to be held in April 2013, which will bring together many of the key regional stakeholders and will also provide an opportunity to widely publicise the web platform in the regional media. The workshop will launch the website, and explore ways to expand and develop it to build its usefulness.