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VCA4D at a glance!

Welcome to VCA4D's Capacity4Dev page, here you will find information on the project as well as access to the full reports and study briefs produced. Scroll down to see the full list of studies undertaken and two explanatorty videos! 

VCA4D performs value chain analyses (VCAs) across a range of agricultural commodities and countries in order to appraise their contribution to growth and job creation, taking into account the sustainability and inclusiveness of these value chains (VC).

A value chain refers to the sequence of production processes from the primary production to its end uses. It is a system of different types of actors orientated towards the markets (farmers, collectors, processors, wholesalers, retailers…). As such, VCs consider all the stages and all the forms a commodity has to pass through to arrive ‘from farm to fork’!

VCA4D uses a common methodological framework, with the aim of appraising the sustainability of a VC from an economic, social and environmental perspective. This is preceded by a functional analysis, that provides with a general description of the VC, a technical diagnosis of its different stages and an analysis of its governance and power structure.

The methodological framework is intended as a tool for diagnosis and monitoring through the valorisation of quantitative data and evidence-based information. It is built around shedding light on 4 framing questions:



A VCA can be performed at each stage of the projects’ implementation, as it allows policymakers and stakeholders to gain a comprehensive picture of the situation at a specific moment. A VCA4D study and its regular updates can help creating quantitative baselines, capturing changes linked to investments over time (in particular, but not only when working with the private sector), or understanding the real issues at stake in order to better target policies, strategies, policy dialogue and projects.

Each VCA4D study is performed by a team of 4 experts: an agro-economist, a social expert, an environmentalist and a national expert. The experts are researches coming from one of the 30 European Universities or Research centers members of Agrinatura or from its associated centres and partners.

Agrinatura is the European Alliance of Universities and Research centres specialised in agricultural research and capacity building for development. The VCAs therefore take stock, build upon and valorise the substantive knowledge of European research, to make sure that the analyses are scientifically robust, yet independent.   

While the first year of the project concentrated on launching the first VCAs, the next phases will also focus on consolidating lessons learnt, building an information and knowledge management system, and strengthening capacities in partner countries and in Europe to apply and interpret the VCA4D methodology and results.

Agrinatura has established a Project Management Unit (PMU) in Brussels to manage the day-to-day activities of the project.

For any queries, do not hesitate to write to vca4d@agrinatura-eu.eu  

For a short overview on VCA4D, we invite you to watch our presentation video!  

To learn more about the VCA4D methodology please click below!




Value Chain



Angola Coffee October 2019 - June 2020 Completed
Benin Pineapple April - March 2020 Completed
Burkina Faso Mango Feb 2017 - Dec 2017 Completed
Burundi Banana June 2018 - May 2019 Completed 
Burundi  Milk March 2021 - September 2022 Completed
Cambodia Aquaculture December 2016 - August 2018 Completed
Cameroon Cotton January 2019 - October 2019 Completed
Cameroon Cocoa January 2019 - January 2020 Completed
Colombia Cheese September 2021 - October 2022 Completed
Colombia Cocoa January 2022 - October 2022 Completed
Comoros  Fisheries January 2023 Pipeline
Cote d'Ivoire Cashew May 2022 - ongoing Ongoing
Cote d'Ivoire Cassava March 2017 - December 2017 Completed
Dominican Republic Processed fruits October 2018 - October 2019 Completed
Dominican Republic Banana December 2017 - May 2019 Completed
Ecuador Cocoa February 2020 - November 2021 Completed
Ecuador Coffee February 2020 - November 2021 Completed
eSwatini Beef September 2017 - January 2019 Completed
Ethiopia Cotton January 2020 - October 2020 Completed 
Georgia Freshwater aquaculture January 2021 - May 2022 Completed
Ghana Sorghum April 2019 - August 2020 Completed
Ghana Groundnuts April 2019 - August 2020 Completed
Guinea-Bissau Mango & lime June 2017 - March 2019 Completed 
Honduras Coffee May 2017 - April 2018 Completed
Kenya Green beans April 2017 - December 2017 Completed
Mali Rice Oct 2015 - Feb 2016 Completed
Mali Cashew October 2018 - October 2019 Completed
Mali Fisheries June 2019 - October 2020 Completed 
Nicaragua Cocoa January 2021 - March 2022 Completed
Niger Cowpea November 2022 - ongoing ongoing
Niger Groundnuts November 2022 - ongoing ongoing
Nigeria Maize January 2020 - November 2021 Completed
Papua New Guinea Cocoa November 2017 - March 2019 Completed
Papua New Guinea Vanilla June 2018 - October 2019 Completed
São Tomé and Príncipe Cocoa March 2018 - May 2019 Completed 
Sierra Leone Palm Oil March 2017 - October 2018 Completed
Sierra Leone Cashew December 2017 - March 2019 Completed
Tanzania Coffee December 2017 - October 2018 Completed
Tanzania  Coastal Fisheries October 2021 - October 2022 Completed
The Gambia Fisheries July 2019 - June 2020 Completed
Togo Pineapple February 2019 - October 2019 Completed
Zambia Egg April 2017 - May 2018 Completed
Zambia Aquaculture February 2017 - August 2018 Completed
Zambia Maize December 2019 - November 2021 Completed
Zimbabwe Beef September 2017 - March 2019 Completed 
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