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This guide focuses on sustainable food value chain development in conflict-prone and conflict-affected contexts where development interventions remain possible despite the threat or outbreak of violent events.

It answers the following questions:

  • How do fragility and conflict affect the functioning and sustainability performance of agrifood value chains?
  • How can the sustainability and resilience of agrifood value chains be improved without exacerbating or creating further conflict drivers within the broader conflict-prone and/or conflict-affected contexts?

The guide's main areas of focus are: 

  • Strengthening the resilience of agrifood value chains through systems-based solutions to maintain and possibly improve economic, social and environmental performance of value chains despite the impact and likelihood of shocks and stressors.
  • Adopting a context-sensitive programming approach to ensure that the designed solutions do not have an unintended negative influence on the contextual dynamics of the agrifood value chains, in compliance with the “Do No Harm” principle.  
  • Ensuring an adaptive programming effort through a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) framework, to facilitate the testing and scaling-up of value chain upgrades in a highly volatile environment.   

The guide proposes a four-step approach tailored to the specificities of value chain development in conflict-prone or conflict-affected contexts: context analysis; 
value chain selection; value chain analysis; and value chain design. All four steps can be undertaken and completed in a minimum of ten months

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The guide aims to support the work of all practitioners involved in value chain development in conflict-prone and conflict-affected contexts.