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Final report of the Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) project in Bangladesh which closed in January 2019.
The USAID Agricultural Value Chain (AVC) Activity worked to enhance long-term food security in the impoverished Southern Delta region of Bangladesh. The project applied a market systems approach to targeted agricultural value chains to increase rural incomes, support rural employment and expand export sales.
The project lasted five and a half years. It followed a market systems approach, forging partnerships with 42 influential private sector firms and organisations in Bangladesh. Through these agreements AVC worked to leverage these organisations’ own interests and investment opportunities to drive more inclusive growth in the Southern Delta’s agricultural sector.
This report covers the progress achieved by the project throughout its whole life cycle. It describes the project approach to MSD, financial management and cost-effectiveness. It also explains the challenges faced, how the team overcame them and the lessons they learned.
The report does not explain how the evidence was produced. However, the data is abundant and the analysis is coherent and cogent. It is possible to assume that the project used indicators recommended by Feed The Future. Furthermore, in order to capture the full impact of the project's work, the AVC team developed additional indicators to track changes in the value of annual sales of AVC-supported firms and indirect farm-level beneficiaries.