Domestic food value chains

The majority of smallholders in low-income countries are involved in domestic food value chains. Yet there are often challenges for smallholders employed within domestic value chains, such as poor business models and lack of infrastructure, which can impact negatively on employment, product quality and inclusivity.

The CGIAR ‘Rethinking Food Markets’ Research Initiative explores innovations for making domestic food value chains more inclusive and sustainable for smallholder farmers, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the target countries of Nigeria, Uganda, Guatemala and Honduras. The focus is on bundled innovations that can improve:

  1. Inclusive business models and value chain contracts
  2. Product quality and food standard certification
  3. An enabling policy environment for the sustainable development of domestic value chains

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

Solar-powered cold-storage and agrifood market modernization in Nigeria

This study fills this knowledge gap by providing evidence from the evaluation of recent interventions in northeast Nigeria in which seven small solar-powered cold storages were installed across seven horticulture markets.

Highlighted activities

This webinar showcased the dynamism in Africa's food markets providing insights into the drivers of the boom in demand and supply of fruits, vegetables and animal-source products in sub-Saharan Africa.