HORTINLEA – SP7 Market Trends and SP12 Elaborating Value Chain Strategies for Indigenous Vegetables

The reduction of hunger and poverty is one of the most serious challenges the global community is confronted with. In addtion, several billions of people suffer from the so-called “hidden hunger”, i.e., an inadequate supply of vital micronutrients such as vitamins or minerals. Especially in Sub-Saharan Africa there is nearly no progress recognized during the last decade. The growing demand for food must be met against a backdrop of rising global temperatures and changing patterns of precipitation. These changing climatic conditions will affect crop growth as well as livestock performance, the availability of water and the functioning of ecosystem services. Diversification into horticulture can contribute to poverty alleviation and improvement of diets through several pathways: (1) Horticultural crops can play a vital role in solving the global micronutrient crisis. (2) Horticultural crop production creates income opportunities because the production is very labour intense and value chains are more differentiated and (3) it can help to improve the situation of women in particular. SP7 Market Trends: A thorough analysis of recent publications considers access to markets as a major factor to create growth and reduce poverty. Despite this consensus, the opinion of how markets should work in favour of the poor is split. Especially the potential and pitfalls of linking smallholder farmers to higher-value markets are discussed widely. To be able to derive successful strategies, information about consumption and market trends will be elaborated. Therefore, a thorough analysis of subsistence production systems, domestic consumption and market trends as well as the development of international markets will be completed. SP12: Value chains are a key framework for understanding how inputs and labour are brought together and then used to grow, transform, or manufacture a product; how the product then moves physically from the producer to the customer; and how value increases along the way. In the subproject three different value added chains should be investigated: 1. A value chain for the supply of rural areas, 2. A value chain for the supply of the urban population and 3. A so-called co-ordinated value added chain, which is directed to the supply of supermarkets. Food security, the livelihood situation of producers and consumers, environmental and gender issues will be considered in the value chain concept. The results are directed at relevant economic and political decision makers. Accordingly, the results will be prepared so that recommendations can be systematically derived, facilitating decision making.

Principal investigators
Bokelmann, Wolfgang Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. (Details) (Economics of Horticultural Production)


Duration of project
Start date: 07/2013
End date: 12/2018

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