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Upgrading in value chains: the basis for a new book, 'Markets and Rural Poverty'

In this blog post Christopher Coles discusses utilising value chain analysis as an approach to development, and summarises conclusions from the new book 'Markets and Rural Poverty: Upgrading in Value Chains '

This book explores the place of poor people within a rich variety of value chains, focusing upon lagging, rural regions in Africa and Asia, and how they can "upgrade" within such chains. Upgrading is a key concept for value chain analysis and refers to the acquisition of technological capabilities and market linkages that enable firms to improve their competitiveness and move into higher-value activities.