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Case Study of the Poultry and Grape/Raisin subsectors in Afghanistan: Guided case study in value chain development for conflict-affected environments

2008 — By Alene McMahon

Is the value chain approach effective for restoring market-based economic activity in a severely affected post-conflict environment?. The goal of this study is to gather empirical evidence to  answer this question, looking at the role of the value chain approach in the work of USAID’s Rebuilding Agricultural Markets Program (RAMP) and Accelerating Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP) projects in Afghanistan, the way the work was conceived and executed, and whether the value chain approach was a significant factor in achieving impact.

This case study is part of a research effort funded by USAID to answer the question of whether value chain analysis and programming is at least a partial solution to the conundrum of the relief and development communities, i.e., how to balance meeting urgent needs against the long-term goal of sustainable and equitable development. Does value chain analysis provide the necessary information to achieve this balance?