Value chains to drive rural development

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2011
TITLE AUTHOR(S): P.Jacobs, S.Ngandu
KEYWORDS: EMPLOYMENT CREATION, RURAL COMMUNITIES, SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT: Economic Perfomance and Development (EPD)
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/November-2011/drive-rural-development
Intranet: HSRC Library: shelf number 7101

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Abstract

Policy makers frequently associate rural development with how 'value chains' work. A value chain is the set of activities whereby a company takes raw materials and turns them into finished products by adding value at each step. PETER JACOBS and STEWART NGANDU review how value chains can contribute to improving the living standards of rural communities, using examples like organic food, tourism and craft value chains.