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The portal on Value Chains for Development provides access to free, full-text electronic documents on pro-poor value chains. This information portal is also a unique entry point for all other Internet sources on the subject, including newsletters, discussion groups, websites, bibliographic databases, and directories of organizations and projects.

Pro-poor value chains

The value chain development approach aims at the analysis, design and facilitation of integrated supply chains that are pro-poor. Pro-poor chain development enhances the economic rent of poorer households - that is, the capacity of the poor to upgrade their position in the value chain so that they appropriate a greater share of the returns accruing from the chain. Chain development strategies employ innovative models of cooperation between value chain actors (producers, traders, processors, retailers), non-governmental organizations and public agencies.


The portal on Value Chains for Development is an interdepartmental initiative. The portal is managed and developed by KIT Information and Library Services with support from KIT Development, Policy & Practice, which is active in the area of sustainable economic development. The target audience is formed by the global community of professionals (researchers, practitioners) involved in pro-poor value chain development.

Updating frequency

The portal will be updated with news, events and other content on a regular basis aiming to provide access to key topical information. However, we can not take responsibility for the content or correctness of external resources.

Ongoing development

Over the next few years, we will further expand and develop this and other portals. Your comments, questions and suggestions are welcome. You may post these to the editor of this portal.

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The Value Chains for Development portal provides access to selected free, full-text electronic documents on pro-poor value chains. Find your resources in the database, and stay up to date as well by following us on Twitter and Facebook.


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The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) promotes pro-poor VC4D - Value Chains for Development - approaches in agricultural and rural development in the South. Read our fact sheet


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