Growing interest in value chains development has led to a proliferation of tools for value chain analysis, the results of which inform the design of value chain development initiatives. Recent research, however, has pointed to important gaps in the coverage of these tools, such as gender equity and impact assessment. The Value Chain Knowledge Clearinghouse, an initiative led by the Policies, Institutions, and Markets CGIAR Research Program consisting of IFPRI, CIAT, ILRI, IITA, World Agroforestry Centre, ICRISAT, Bioversity International, CIP, and WorldFish, provides a comprehensive and accessible repository of research methods and best practices surrounding value chain performance.
The Value Chain Knowledge Clearinghouse offers customized contents for four target user types– researchers, development practitioners, private sector, and farmers—and is composed of five core elements:
- Tools: This includes a methodological toolbox with guidelines for specific applications; best practices to ensure that agricultural value chains are properly evaluated and documented; and gender-specific analysis to ensure the integration of gender into agricultural value chains.
- Best practices: This includes experiences that could be used to improve the constraints and overcome the shortcomings in a value chain context.
- Network: This will bring all value chain experts in the CGIAR together in a common platform and will facilitate collaboration among leading value chain scientists, ultimately creating a dynamic research community.
- Resources: This includes all learning materials, e-courses, presentations, and workshop series on the tools included in the clearinghouse.