Agrinatura to lead a NEW project called VCA4D
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Value Chain Analysis for Development (VCA4D) is four year project, whose main activity will be the performance of VCAs in developing countries, according to a holistic and interdisciplinary methodology looking at the pillars of sustainability. The requests will come from EU Delegations and partners in conjunction with DEVCO. These analyses will provide evidence-based information and help them invest in value chains and inform policy dialogue. Applying the same methodology will allow lessons to be learnt. In some cases, providing regular VCA4D support will enable impact to be tracked over time.
To carry out this work, DEVCO has set up a partnership with AGRINATURA, the European Alliance on agricultural knowledge for development. For each VC analysis, an interdisciplinary team of people will work in an integrated way and with a collaborative participatory mind-set, mixing international and national expertise (economist, social analyst, environmental expert, technical experts as needed).
Each VCA will reply to the following framing questions:
- what is the contribution of the VC to sustainable economic growth?
- is this economic growth inclusive?
- is the VC socially sustainable?
- is the VC environmentally sustainable?
Economists will perform quantitative and financial analyses, handle a number of primary and secondary data and make economic calculations (costs and margins analysis, general value added, impact on macro aggregates, competitiveness ratio). Environmentalists will perform a Life Cycle Assessment (using SimaPro or equivalent software). Sociologists will look at a number of aspects such as working conditions, land and water rights, gender equality, food and nutrition security, social capital, living conditions. Local experts will support them in data collection and facilitation of relations with stakeholders.
VCA4D will also build a database of knowledge on agri-based VCs and will draw lessons and guiding principles for relevant interventions and policies and favour the creation of a community of practise among experts.
Are you interested in joining us, see more info here 4 pager Value Chain Analysis for Development VCA4D DEVCO C1.