Sub-Saharan Africa

East Africa Value Chain Analysis

Client: United States Agency for International Development

2007-2008, SEGIR GBTI II

CARANA, in collaboration with ACDI-VOCA, assessed the costs and benefits of working regionally to increase competitiveness and trade in various agricultural and non-agricultural value chains; this assessment included looking at the effectiveness of initiatives to stimulate necessary growth. Using a standardized approach for analyzing the effects of investments, a multi-disciplinary team evaluated the potential return of regional value chains such as cotton, textiles and apparel, livestock and dairy, staple foods, horticulture, and tourism. Of 18 value chains, the nine with the highest potential for growth, poverty alleviation, food security, regional impact, and beneficial enabling environment were grouped into export-oriented products, export-oriented services, and products traded within the region.