Global value chains

Participation in global value chains - the international fragmentation of food production across different countries - can lead to increased job creation and economic growth. However, there are still challenges in ensuring these rapidly expanding global value chains are beneficial for smallholder producers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The CGIAR ‘Rethinking Food Markets’ Research Initiative explores innovations for making global value chains more inclusive, efficient, and environmentally sustainable for smallholder farmers, and SMEs in the target countries of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Guatemala and Honduras. The focus is on bundles of innovations that can improve:

  1. Collaboration between different actors in the global value chain (vertical coordination)
  2. Product quality, including food safety and sustainability
  3. Digital platforms to provide information on the traceability of products and making market information accessible to smallholder farmers and SMEs

Below you will find:
  • Highlighted resources and guidance from the Initiative in this focus area
  • Key activities and events from the Initiative
  • Highlighted resources and guidance from our partner knowledge platform, Evidensia

Digital Innovations for the Coffee Value Chain in Honduras and Guatemala: A scoping study

This work offers a synthesis of the current digital technologies available for coffee that are relevant to the context of Honduras and Guatemala.

Scoping Study on Ethiopian Sesame Value Chain

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Highlighted activities

This virtual event shared key findings from the CGIAR 'Rethinking Food Markets' Research Initiative on the digital innovation landscape for agri-food value chains and how these can be tailored to the needs of different stakeholders. The application of these digital technologies in the case of the coffee value chain in Central America was discussed.