Value chain analysis helps inform all stakeholders including policy makers

A recent analysis of the Tongan watermelon export value chain provided participants of the Tonga Farmers Forum with key insights into the role of each actor as well as the key opportunities and constraints.

Working in collaboration with the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network, we’re promoting value chain analysis as an important tool to improve the relationship of stakeholders and also to influence policy.

Recently, an analysis of the Tongan watermelon export value chain was conducted in collaboration with Nishi Trading and Mainstreaming of Rural Development Innovation [MORDI] Tonga Trust.

The analysis used a six-step approach as described in the CTA–KSP ‘Agricultural Value Chain Guide’. It identified and described all the actors involved from a Tongan watermelon farm to the consumers in New Zealand. The analysis showed what each person contributed, their reward [share of the selling price], and the risks involved. It also identified key problem areas along the value chain that are impacting financial viability.

This value chain analysis was presented as part of the Tonga Farmers Forum which was held in Nuku’alofa [ 20th September – 25TH September, 2018] and hosted by the Growers Federation of Tonga, Mainstreaming of Rural Development Innovation [MORDI] Tonga Trust and Nishi Trading with funding support from the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network.

The forum brought together one hundred representatives across Tonga’s agricultural sector to discuss the key issues and provide solutions for addressing these constraints.

We believe value chain analysis is a vital tool in the hands of farmers, traders and policy makers, check out more value chain resources at Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network.

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