2017 Training Course - Policy Analysis and Innovations in Value Chains

Event Date
Dakar, Senegal

AGRODEP is pleased to announce a new two-part training course on Policy Analysis and Innovations in Value Chains as part of the AGRODEP Value Chain Analysis Virtual Hub.

Value chain analysis (VCA) are increasingly promoted to guide agricultural policies in Sub-Saharan Africa. This two-day course will cover aspects of value chain analysis tools and detail a number of recent innovative interventions to lift value chains constraints, with a particular focus on increasing farmers’ well-being. The training will alternate lectures with exercises based on existing value chain data.

Applications for this series will be accepted until October 27, 2017. Course outline and description are subject to change.

Course Outline

Part 1: Tools for Value Chain Analysis

  1. Introduction to Value Chains - how this differs from supply chain strategy
  2. Value Chain Analysis
    • Structure-Conduct-Performance paradigm
    • Sub-sector Approach
    • Analysis of Prices, Costs, and Margins
  3. Exercise: Policy Analysis Matrix (PAM) (Excel-based)

Part 2: Innovations along Value Chains

  1. Innovative contractual arrangements
  2. Innovative quality certification systems


The course is appropriate for participants with a background in economic, agricultural economics, and quantitative analysis. Previous experience in value chain analysis and in Microsoft Excel is required.


In order to apply for this course, AGRODEP members must complete the following by October 27, 2017:


Gashaw Tadesse Abate is a Research Coordinator based at IFPRI’s office in Addis Ababa. Since joining IFPRI in 2014, he has been involved in research on the role of cooperatives in agricultural marketing; the efficiency and outreach of microfinance institutions; value chains studies of maize, wheat, and barley; a review of fertilizer supply chain  and policy; gender differences in agricultural productivity; and the impact of new technology on wheat yields.  He is currently involved in a study of quality differences in staple grains and whether farmers can get better prices following training in measuring grain quality. Gashaw has a PhD in Development Studies (Competitiveness and Economic Development).

Tanguy Bernard is a Senior Research Fellow within the Markets, Trade and Institution Division of IFPRI. Over the recent years, his research has mostly focused on producers’ organizations, their existence, their membership, their activities, and their performance in linking African smallholders to input and output markets. His works relies heavily on primary data collection and experimental tools, with a geographical focus on Senegal, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. Prior to his current position, Tanguy Bernard was a research officer at the Agence Française de Développement, prior to which he was a post-doctoral fellow at IFPRI, based in Ethiopia.