Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

5.3. Analysis Resources

  • In the North Kivu, South Kivu and Katanga provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, ACDI/VOCA conducted an assessment of six value chains in each region according to criteria that included how potential interventions could create inclusive growth (reduce poverty), improve food security, support women and youth, and be climate change robust. The effects of the conflict situation in were also an important lens used in the analysis.
  • ACDI/VOCA informed USAID/Timor-Leste on the opportunities presented by candlenut exports, tourism and mobile banking to support economic growth and diversification in the country. While the candlenut and tourism sections examine both the domestic factors and international expansion, mobile banking was examined as an economy-wide financial service, as well as a conduit for financial inclusion for under-served populations..
  • In Haiti, USAID AMAP funded a global end market analysis for the handicraft value chain followed by value chain analysis and stakeholder workshop in Port au Prince. The Global Market Assessment for Handicrafts conducted by DAI identifies opportunities to expand the sector while the Haiti Handicrafts Value Chain Analysis conducted by ACDI/VOCA and AFE identifies constraints to these opportunities along with strategies to facilitate a more viable and competitive industry. Interviews with global buyers were made into a short film, Handmade in Haiti: The Perspective of Global Buyers and presented at the workshop to bring the voice of end markets directly to the industry stakeholders.
  • In Tanzania, USAID funded an end market analysis for exports of high-value vegetables. DAI's Export Markets for High-Value Vegetables from Tanzania discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the Tanzanian horticulture value chain, as perceived by the leading importers in key markets, and provides strategic options for increased market penetration.
  • In Madagascar, USAID AMAP funded a crosscutting analysis of the aromatic and medicinal plants value chain using chain analysis along with the Nature, Health, Wealth and Power framework. The Madagascar Aromatic & Medicinal Plants Value Chain Analysis by ACDI/VOCA and IRG identifies constraints and opportunities to competitiveness as well as related environmental and social issues.
  • In Mozambique, USAID used the chain analysis process as a rapid assessment methodology in the oilseeds and horticulture value chains. The Mozambique Rural Financial Services Study by ACDI/VOCA identifies financial services and gaps based on the key opportunities and constraints to growth determined through the chain analysis.
  • In Indonesia, AFE analyzed the cocoa value chain. The Indonesia Cocoa Bean Value Chain Study identifies major constraints to and opportunities for growth, proposes strategies to alleviate or at least mitigate those constraints, and assesses public and private sector investments to support cocoa sector in Indonesia.
  • The Economic Viability of Brazil Nut Trading in Peru study (2000) by NRI analyzes the benefits that Candela, an alternative trade organization in Peru, brings to Brazil nut collectors and draws conclusions about the appropriateness of Brazil nuts for ethical trade. This is more like a specific value chain analysis and does not present any new tools.
  • A Value Chain Analysis of the Mongolian Cashmere Industry by Chemonics (2005) provides a thorough review of the cashmere industry and interesting recommendations when the raw materials side of the value chain is strong but the processing side is weak. The analysis, completed for the Mongolia Economic Policy Reform and Competitiveness Project, considers both the herding and processing subsectors.
  • The Marble Cluster Strategy by the OTF Group (2006) includes an overview of the Afghanistan Competitiveness Project, a situation analysis of the international marble market and Afghanistan’s marble industry, goal-setting for the cluster and the project, an analysis of buyers’ needs, Afghan marble market positioning, and action guidelines.
  • Growth Strategy and Action Plan for the Carpet Cluster of Afghanistan by the OTF Group (2006) includes an overview of the Afghanistan Competitiveness Project, a situation analysis of the international marble market and Afghanistan’s carpet industry, goal-setting for the cluster and the project, an analysis of buyers’ needs, Afghan carpet market positioning, and action guidelines.
  • Value Chain Analysis: A Pro-Poor Analysis of the Shrimp Sector in Bangladesh by dTS (2006) uses a gender and pro-poor analysis to explore the nature of production and the terms and conditions of employment along the shrimp value chain in Bangladesh to identify opportunities to improve market outcomes, raise productivity and wages, and foster pro-poor growth in the sector. The gender analysis of the chain highlights the different positions of men and women across the chain and addresses issues of power reflected in the production and exchange relationships.
  • With an emphasis on promoting pro-poor growth, the Value Chain Analysis: A Pro-Poor Analysis of the Artichoke Value Chain in Peru by dTS (2007) uses a gender analysis to examine ways to improve income distribution across the artichoke value chain, increase productivity, and distribute the benefits gained from employment in the chain to a greater number of poor men and women workers and farmers.
  • The Wood Processing in Bosnia and Herzegovina value chain analysis by Emerging Markets Group (2008) employed 1) a “horizontal” mapping model to identify gaps in the in-country capacity for supply response compared to that of a fully-developed sector; 2) a survey of the actual and potential wood products supply range, complemented by cluster working group-driven prioritization of key product design and productivity challenges; and 3) an assessment of accessible global wood products markets and producers’ present and needed connections to them.
  • The Expanding Commercial Opportunities in Uganda study by Emerging Markets Group (2008) was undertaken to better inform the SPRING project's integrated stabilization activities in targeted sub-counties throughout Northern Uganda in the rice, maize and groundnut sectors.