Does the Value Chain Approach Have Relevance for Food Security? The Case of Rice in West Africa (Screencast)
Ruth Campbell of ACDI/VOCA and David Neven of DAI presented “Does the Value Chain Approach have Relevance for Food Security? The Case of Rice in West Africa.” The seminar was the 46th installment of the Linking Small Firms to Competitiveness Strategies Breakfast Seminar Series sponsored by the USAID Microenterprise Development office. Campbell indicated that the value chain approach is not the silver bullet for food security, but that it can be part of a solution. She shared some background of the rice crisis in West Africa, and some advantages and disadvantages to applying the value chain approach to food security. Neven then introduced a strategy for increasing food security, integrating the value chain approach with other approaches. The pair's presentation was based on their experiences with their study on rice value chains in West Africa, commissioned by USAID’s Africa bureau.