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From Down-trading to Upgrading: Reducing Poverty in Latin America Using a Value Chain Approach

Date
Time (GMT +00) 09:00 13:30

Chair:

Randall Kemper - Director, The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

Speakers:

Jeanne Downing - USAID Microenterprise Development

Jonathan Mitchell - Director of Programmes, Rural Policy and Governance Group, ODI

Christopher Coles - Research Officer, ODI

Francisco Perez - Senior Researcher, Nitlapan
Roberto Telleria - Programme Leader, Trade and Development, GNTP

Others, TBC

Description

In recent years, Latin America has moved rapidly towards liberalising trade, both in the region and internationally. This has stimulated active debate on the merits of a more open trading regime. Getting lost in this polarised debate is an understanding of the impact of these changes on marginalised groups, particularly the rural poor. This event explored how value chain analysis (VCA) can, in a practical way, help the rural poor participate gainfully in local, regional and global trade.

The seminar was comprised of several keynote addresses, panel discussions and small group working sessions.