Increasing Transparency in Smallholder Supply Chains: Comparing Approaches to Monitoring Performance of Investments and Private Sector Participation

For this DfID-funded project, we will be providing a synthesis of the types of monitoring, evaluation and data being used by investors and the private sector in agricultural supply chains in a developing country context.

Focussing on six value chains across three East African countries, we will draw key conclusions on best practice in monitoring inclusive growth and poverty reduction, with consideration of climate,nutrition and women's economic empowerment.

We will also be looking at the barriers and incentives to taking up these approaches and how DfID can contribute to better quality information and transparency on the performance of private sector participation in smallholder supply chains. This will include clear links to the indicator framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Stephen Spratt, IDS Research Fellow

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IDS Research Fellow Seife Ayele

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Partner organisations

Project Dates:
May 2017
Project Status:
Department for International Development (DfID)
Research Themes / Programmes:
Agri-food Business and Agricultural Trade
Centre for Development Impact