Course Description

Value Chain Analysis enables us to understand competitive challenges and to identify vertical coordination mechanisms. The term “value chain” has thus been used to characterize this interconnected, coordinated set of links and linkages that take place as products move along a continuum between primary production and the consumer. Value Chain Analysis is sometimes used interchangeably with Subsector Analysis. Others differentiate with a Subsector Analysis examining all the firms, channels and markets related to a specific product or service and Value Chain Analysis focusing on a single vertical chain of firms leading to a particular consumer market. Value Chain Analysis also often includes additional analytical elements beyond Subsector Analysis such as inter-firm cooperation, governance and geographic coverage that extends to global markets.

Expected Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants:

  1. Will be able to design value chain development projects;
  2. Will learn how to analyze sub sectors and value chains, and how to apply practical tools to select pro-growth value chains;
  3. Will have better understanding of end-to-end processes
  4. Will enhance their analytical skills to determine market requirements and identify competitive challenges;
  5. Will understand the different roles that the relevant stakeholders play in developing value chains and learn to develop matching strategies;
  6. Will be able to recognize prevailing value chain models and will also be introduced to facilitative instruments