The rapid advance of urbanization, income growth, and foreign investment in low- and middle-income countries present huge employment and income opportunities along Domestic Food Value Chains (DFVCs) in these countries. However, smallholders, traders, processors, and distributors along DFVCs face considerable obstacles to seize such opportunities, including lack of infrastructure; low demand for higher quality products; poor access to information, inputs, and services; and high costs to coordinate actions among numerous and often informal producers and traders.
Overcoming these obstacles will require coordinated interventions at multiple levels of DFVCs, from on-farm production to quality control in distribution, to improved marketing to local consumers. This area of work is working on identifying, adapting, piloting, and providing insights on how to scale beneficial Innovations by agrifood businesses engaged in DFVCs.
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