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Pathways out of Poverty: Tools for Value Chain Development Practitioners

microREPORT #180
Ben Fowler
ACDI/VOCA
United States Agency for International Development
January 1, 2012

This toolkit aims to equip value chain development programmers to design effective interventions that reach and impact the very poor. It profiles tools that are applicable in the value chain selection and value chain analysis phases of a project, as well as assessment tools that can be used throughout the project cycle. Despite the many tools available to guide value chain selection and value chain analysis, and to conduct specialized assessments, these tools are not currently designed for explicit application with the very poor. This toolkit is a compilation of tools that can be used for situation assessments, value chain selection and value chain analysis. Discussion of each individual tool includes a brief description, how it is applicable (or adaptable) to reaching the very poor in the context of a value chain development program, brief examples of how each tool can be applied and used to inform programming decisions, and references.

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