» Engaging Smallholder Farmers in Value Chains: Emerging Lessons

A report by the Clinton Global Initiative on emerging lessons from engaging smallholders in value chains. With this report, CGI seeks to deepen the understanding of the commitments’ portfolio and highlight effective approaches, through the analysis of a group of commitments working to address a specific challenge (i.e. connecting smallholders to global value chains). Because participation from smallholder farmers is critical to the success of the project, they should be engaged as early as possible. And this early engagement can help to build trust and assuage farmers’ fears of exploitation by large companies as noted by Niels Hanssens of EUCORD.

» A Company is not a Charity: How Companies and Civil Society Organization Can Work Together Successfully

This book discussed the possibility and the success stories of building a relationship and establishing cooperation between companies and civil society organizations. The book wishes to bring insights and experiences to those who would like to take this path. 

» Global Value Chains: Linking Local Producers from Developing Countries to International Markets

This book discussed the theories and cases regarding global value chains and analyzed the impact of these global value chains on local upgrading strategies. Our Sorghum Value Chain Development project in Sierra Leone and Ghana as one of the cases. The book is written by Meine Pieter van Dijk and Jacques Trienekens.

» Report On The East African Regional Conference On Sorghum Value Chain And End Of Project Round Table
This report records the proceedings of the East African Regional Conference on Sorghum Value Chain and End of Project Round Table organized by EUCORD on November 18-19 2015, at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi.

» Study on East African Rice Sector
This report provides the results of the EUCORD study for the Common Fund for Commodities of the East African regional rice sector and preliminary assessment of priority countries. The report finds that the potential for growth in the overall African rice sector is enormous, but a rapid increase in the area under rice, irrigated as well as rainfed, is necessary.

» Cameroon Sorghum Study
Henk Knipscheer and Maurice Kenmogne of EUCORD and Diageo (respectively) show that local production of sorghum in Cameroon is high enough to provide food to the local population and a sizeable marketable surplus. It is unlikely that Guinness Cameroun by locally sourcing sorghum would negatively affect local food security or even have an impact on price.

» Democratic Republic of Congo Impact Assessment
This study assesses the impact of Bralima SARL’s local rice sourcing initiative on smallholder farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It shows that since 2009, Bralima breweries have helped redirect over $26 million in rice production revenue toward the local economy, creating profound benefits for smallholder farmers.

 

» Mid-Term Evaluation Report: CFC West African Sorghum Value Chain Development Project
This report provides key findings, and recommendations from EUCORD’s sorghum project in Sierra Leone and Ghana. The goal of the project is to increase incomes of sorghum farmers and enable national beverage industries to substitute imported grains by locally produced sorghum.

» Indonesia Tea PPP Business Plan
This report explains the specifics of EUCORD’s plans for a public-private partnership program in Indonesia to make the tea sector more competitive by increasing the efficiency and quality of their supply chain. This is done by encouraging sustainable agricultural practices and by enhancing the knowledge among supply chain partners.

» Sorghum Supply Chain in Sierra Leone
This Bachelor thesis by Anne Deters examines the sustainability of sorghum supply chain projects by specifically examining EUCORD’s West African Sorghum Value Chain Development Project in Ghana and Sierra Leone. Deters analyses whether project goals have been reached and what will be required to keep the success moving forward.

» Nigeria Cassava Master Plan 
This Cassava Master Plan commissioned by UNIDO discusses a strategic action for moving Nigerian cassava production from the subsistence level to an industrial crop. A critical analysis of the data supports the view that Nigeria has the potential to achieve its US$5 billion earnings target from cassava products, once it addresses the current major bottlenecks along the value chain.

» Strengthening Potato Value Chains
This report provides two articles, one by FAO economist Adam Prakash and one by EUCORD’s Henk Knipscheer, discussing the role of value chain coordination and recommendations on the process towards success in reference to EUCORD’s potato projects.

» Development of Green Bean Production in the Office du Niger
This report analyzes the feasibility of green bean production in Mali. The Office du Niger is the main irrigated rice producer in Mali, with a potential of more than 1,000,000 ha of which only 10% are exploited. This feasibility study was undertaken by EUCORD and Winrock International during 2004 and 2005.

» Heineken Sierra Leone Case
This report analyzes the logistics, benefits, and challenges to locally sourcing Sorghum in Sierra Leone by the Sierra Leone Brewery Limited. Sorghum is a possible alternative to malted barley in the production of beer that has inspired Heineken International to start a local supply chain project in the region.