Sustainable Value Chains

In international cooperation, the word "value chain" is often used, while from the perspective of corporations, the term supply chain is often applied. While for international cooperation the focus is on the competitiveness of small and medium sized companies' and farmers' viability and benefits from their integration into local and global value chains, sustainability of supply chains is increasingly important for companies. As economic, social and environmental sustainability is the model for international cooperation as well, there is an increasing opportunity for cooperation.

In supporting value chains, ‘systemic competitiveness' has proven to be the guiding principle. The Value Links Method, developed by the GIZ, provides a systematic process for applying the systemic competitiveness' principle. With ValueLinks, you can manage projects from the selection and analysis of value chains to the strategy development and implementation of an upgrading project together with multiple stakeholders.


Como advises and guides projects of international cooperation in all phases of value chain project management, from the selection of which of the potential value chains in a certain locality to support, to strategy development with stakeholders and the implementation of activities that lead to economic, social and environmental improvements. We offer practical training courses for staff in development organizations and their partner institutions. To save time and cut costs, and at the same time contribute to Capacity Building of local actors, the training courses are often carried out in combination with concrete strategy development for the involved project.


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