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The value chain approach in Northern Belize

Issue Brief. August 25, 2015








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    Boosting agribusiness development in Northern Belize - TCP/BZE/3502 2019
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    Policy reforms in international sugar markets have the potential to negatively impact the profitability of sugarcane production and render many farmers uncompetitive. In Belize, where sugar production is the largest industry and accounts for the livelihoods of many small farmers, sugar producers often have limited capacity to pursue alternative economic activities. Therefore, the Government of Belize promotes mixed farming systems, which provide other income opportunities as an alternative to sugarcane production. The aim of this project was to promote opportunities in onion production and thereby support the development of diversified agricultural production for small farmers in northern Belize by improving efficiency along the onion value chain, strengthening farmers’ technical capacities and facilitating access to alternative markets.
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    Promoting agribusiness development in Northern Belize - GCP/BZE/001/EC 2019
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    Sugar production has traditionally been the largest industry in the agricultural sector of Belize, particularly so in the northern districts of Orange Walk and Corozal, where small and medium-sized producers have played an important role in this industry. However, it is expected that as a result of the reform of the European Union (EU) sugar regime many-small scale farmers will leave sugar-cane production, mainly because of their inability to remain competitive. Against this background, the Government of Belize is supporting farmers in Northern Belize to diversify their production into market-driven non-sugar cane agriculture. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESD) sought assistance from FAO to enhance its capacity to facilitate the strengthening of onion, honey and sheep value chains, to increase productivity, quality and consistency of production, and improve farmers’ linkages to markets.
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    A quantitative analysis of trends in agricultural and food global value chains (GVCs)
    Background paper for The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO) 2020
    2020
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    Over the last decade, increasing international fragmentation of production has affected both trade and production: these activities have become increasingly organized around what is commonly referred to as global value chains (GVCs). Increased fragmentation has brought with it challenges of tracing and measuring international divisions of labor, value-added, and so forth. In fact, conventional measures of trade only measure the gross value of exchanges between partners. They are not able to reveal how foreign producers, upstream in the value chain, are connected to final consumers at the end of the value chain. The aim of this paper is to use a globally consistent set of country-level data on GVC participation positioning in the agri-food sectors to distill global and regional trends in GVC participation between 1995-2015. It also focuses on five selected countries: Brazil, Germany, Ghana, Nepal, and Viet Nam - to illustrate how country-specific characteristics affect GVC participation trends as well as identify major differences across countries. This is the first time such a detailed trend analysis has been carried out for the agricultural and food sectors, with near-universal regional coverage, and covering two decades. The authors suggest that the inter-temporal and cross-country trends identified in this paper can contribute to derive insights into development pathways for low-and middle-income countries, as well as identify how key characteristics of countries will affect the way it uses international trade to boost domestic agricultural productivity growth.

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