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A woman wearing light pink kneels down with a basket of fresh vegetables. Behind her are large groups of eggplants, potatoes, and more vegetables.

photo credit: Picasa

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We talk a lot about value chains within our economic development work — but what are they and why are they important? 

A value chain is the full range of activities, from production to marketing to distribution, that are required to bring a product from its conception to the consumer.

CARE promotes changes in value chains that generate positive, sustained impacts for large numbers of marginalized households in terms of income, employment, power relations, and access to products and services that empower the poor to better their lives.

Highlighted Markets Programs

Coffee Industry Support Project

The Coffee Industry Support Project works with industry stakeholders to improve women’s meaningful participation in the coffee industry and to increase women’s access to and control over income from coffee.

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Harande aims to help 270,000 people living in poor families in the Mopti region of Mali achieve sustainable food, nutrition, and income security by 2020.

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Krishi Utsho

Krishi Utsho increased farmers’ access to good-quality dairy and agricultural inputs for higher yields and improved incomes.

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Graduation with Resilience to Achieve Sustainable Development (GRAD) / Livelihoods for Resilience (L4R)

GRAD was a five-year, USAID-funded project designed to help the Government of Ethiopia find sustainable solutions to chronic food insecurity. L4R builds on GRAD to further refine and scale.

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Strengthening Dairy Value Chains (SDVC)

The Strengthening Dairy Value Chains (SDVC) project sought to double the monthly income of small-scale producers in Bangladesh and create more sustainable livelihoods for dairy farmers by incorporating them into a strengthened dairy value chain.

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CARE’s Pathways program works in six countries to increase food and nutrition security for 65,000 women farmers, their families, and their communities.

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She Feeds the World

She Feeds the World’s goal is to improve the food security and nutrition of poor rural households, with a strong emphasis on women small-scale producers.

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Key Approaches

Dignified Work

Women want to earn income as equals. But they face many barriers in the workplace and at home.

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Push-Pull Model

CARE’s signature approach to gender norm transformation is Social Analysis and Action (SAA), a facilitated process through which individuals explore and challenge the social norms, beliefs, and practices that shape their lives and health.

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