Value Chain Development – (VCD)
This approach has been developed to facilitate and promote sectors that are based on national regional priorities and the company development partners. The model can be tailored to specific situations and used by both public and private sector enterprises. It provides a prospective system which is addressing not only value chain issues in the narrow sense but also takes into consideration the importance of framework conditions such as the relevance of the duration and cost of taxes and policy issues. Likewise the model addresses cross-cutting issues that can have an impact on development such as HIV/ AIDS, Gender and climate change mitigation. The approach focuses on action research whereby value chain mapping and research already contribute to the mobilization of stake holders. It provides many helpful details on how to organize stakeholder processes as well as in setting up appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems along the value chain and among different value chain actors. In its very simplistic form, the value chain model seeks to harness maximum benefits by different actors along the value chain. It also helps in understanding how value chain actors deal with power and who governs or influences the chain. In the end, the model is often about improving access to market and ensuring a more efficient product flow while ensuring that the actors in the chain benefit.