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This presentation highlights new findings on global value chain (GVC) upgrading in large and small economies. Drawing on emerging research, Gary Gereffi discusses several factors related to new trends in GVC upgrading, including state policy and a re-emphasis on the domestic market, the regionalization of value chains, and the role of shifting end markets for developing country exporters. He talks about these trends in the context of Brazil and Costa Rica, as seen in three manufacturing industries.
SITE’s work in Kenya's warm milk trade has been an iterative process, relying on numerous types of facilitation to address each challenge as it unfolded, incentivizing a fragmented informal sector without lead firms to collaborate, improve its performance and increase the benefits to its participants. By demonstrating the benefits to regulation and formalization, there has been significant upgrading in the value chain, crowding in of new entrants, and substantial increases in the volumes of milk traded and profitability for the actors.
Steve McCarthy presented, "Linking Smallholders in Ethiopia and Rwanda to Higher Value Coffee Markets." The seminar was the 31st installment of the Linking Small Firms to Competitiveness Strategies Breakfast Seminar Series sponsored by the USAID Microenterprise Development office.