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Strengthening potato value chains

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    How can value chains be shaped to improve nutrition? 2017
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    This document summarizes the online consultation How can value chains be shaped to improve nutrition? which was held on the FAO Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) from 27 March to 19 April 2017. The consultation was facilitated by the Working Group on Nutrition-Sensitive Value Chains of the Rome-based Agencies (FAO, IFAD, WFP and Bioversity International). The aim of the consultation was to identify challenges and opportunities related to nutrition-sensitive value chain (NS VC) development. Participants discussed their experiences related to past or ongoing NSVC experiences on the ground, and were also invited to comment on the discussion paper “Inclusive value chains for sustainable agriculture and scaled up food security and nutrition outcomes” by the Working Group on Nutrition-Sensitive Value Chains of the Rome-based Agencies. Over the three weeks of discussion, participants from 25 countries shared 52 contributions.
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    Report of the FAO Technical Workshop on Advancing Aquaponics through Strengthened Value Chains. Christ Church, Barbados, 11 - 14 December 2018 2019
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    A technical training workshop on advancing aquaponics was held in Christ Church, Barbados, in the period 11–14 December 2018. Twenty seven international participants were present from seven countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago). This activity was supported under two UN FAO-funded projects: Towards a Caribbean Blue Revolution and Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector Project (CC4FISH). The four-day workshop was convened by FAO and consisted of lectures, participatory group sessions and hands-on activities supported by aquaponics and value chain experts from FAO and supported by local subject matter experts and other contributors. The workshop concluded with several findings and recommendations. Technical production is strong among the farmers present; however, incoming farmers need technical backstopping and training programmes for basic production technologies. There are no more than 10–20 aquaponic farmers in any Caribbean country, of which only 1–5 are commercially oriented. Access, availability and affordability of inputs are the biggest blocking issues to further development of the aquaponic sector. Based on two case studies, the profit is between 8–15 percent of the yearly operating expenses and the return on investment to payback the capital expenses is 10–20 years. Fish sales were higher than vegetable sales in the two farms by a factor of 2:1, although not all farmers take advantage of the fish sales. No farmers reported problems with sales; indeed most farmers believe that markets can absorb increased production, but comprehensive market analyses were recommended. Considering the similarities among farms in this region, it was suggested to create the Caribbean Aquaponic Association, an informal network to share information and lessons among practitioners.
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    Value Chain Analysis Highlights: Sweet Potatoes in Lanao del Sur 2020
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    This study examines the sweet potato value chain for selected municipalities in Lanao del Sur, Philippines, and identifies useful interventions to improve the livelihoods of internally displaced farmers affected by the Marawi Conflict. The brochure recommends measures to maximize the benefits of participating in the Marantao sweet potato value chain.

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