Agricultural Value Chains: sustainable pathways to food and nutrition security

Successful agricultural value chains are both productive and sustainable: they conserve the environment and natural resource base; adapt to climate change, price fluctuations and consumer needs; and improve people’s lives and livelihoods. GHI’s five key policy areas create an enabling environment for investments and innovations that unlock the potential of value chains and provide sustainable pathways to sufficient, nutritious and affordable food and agriculture to meet the challenge of our growing and changing global population.

GHI Executive Director Margaret Zeigler explains, “GHI’s research focus—productivity along the agricultural value chain—will help mitigate some of the impact on the environment as the world population grows and shifts its dietary demand. GHI identified five policy areas vital to boost productivity along the entire food system value chain: investing in research, enhancing private-sector involvement, adopting science-based and information technologies, improving development assistance, and facilitating trade.”

The Agricultural Value Chain

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Read more about the importance of value chains in GHI’s 2013 GAP Report along with case studies illustrating successful value chain programs in developing countries; investments in research, science and technology; and building local capacity and mobilizing the private sector.