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Agricultural Value Chain Development and Market Linkages Course

Rhapta Rd, Njema Court - R2
Start Date:
August 5, 2019
End Date:
August 9, 2019
8:00am to 5:00pm



A value chain describes the full range of activities that are required to bring a product or service from conception, through the intermediary phases of production and delivery to final consumers, and final disposal after use. In agriculture, it can be thought of as a set of processes and flows from the inputs to production to processing, marketing and to the final the consumer. This includes activities such as design, production, marketing, distribution and support services up to the final consumer.

This approach combines the strengths of value chain analysis with the promotion of sustainable, market-based solutions (MBSs) that respond to the recurrent needs of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, (MSMEs) including farmers. Value chain analysis is important in understanding markets, inter-firm relationships, and critical constraints that limit growth and industry competitiveness. Collaboration among private sector and market actors to address value chain constraints can result in MBS that are sustainable in the long run and that do not distort local markets. This training course aims at guiding participants towards development of sustainable value chains.


5 days


This course is intended for various actors in the Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding agencies, Research organizations and non-government organizations among others for Agriculture support activities and other Development programmes.


By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

•Understand guiding principles of value chain programs that seek to improve competitiveness and benefit MSMEs through sustainable market-based solutions.

•Design value chain development projects.

•Understand the foundations of market development and value chain promotion.

•Enhance your analytical skills to determine market requirements and identify competitive challenges.

•Understand the different roles that relevant stakeholders play in value chains.

•Understand intervention strategies, the kinds of intervention and the criteria selecting in value chain development.

•Identify the advantages and disadvantages of a value chain approach.


Introduction to Value Chain Development

•Basic concepts in value chains

•Functions of value chains

•Significance of value chains

•Limitations of value chains

Value Chain Project Design Overview

•Value chain selection

•Value chain analysis

•Identification of new or existing market-based solutions (MBSS)

•Identification of MBS facilitation

•Assessment of market-based solutions

•Structuring collaboration and monitoring performance

•Practical examples of value chains in agriculture

Value Chain intervention concept and its relationship to

•Value chain finance

•Partnering with lead firms

•Enabling environments

•Local economic development

Risk Identification and Management in Value Chains

•Risk management framework

•Application of the risk management techniques

Strengths & Constraints Analysis in Value Chains

•End market analysis

•Value chain governance

•Inter-firm relationships

•Sustainable Solutions

Gender Engagement in Value Chains

•Gender analysis and agricultural markets, services and value chains

•Enhancing women’s access to productive resources and markets

•Influencing the policy and legal environment

Market Linkages in Value Chain

•Types of market linkages

•Principles for adopting market development approach for enterprise development

•Identifying profitable markets

•Role of different stakeholders in value chains

•Factors affecting the success of linkages

•The enabling environment for market linkages


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email:[email protected].

Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817, +254 (020) 211 3814 or mail [email protected]


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B. 17th June 2019.

Send proof of payment to [email protected]


Payment for all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1. Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2. No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.


Indepth Research Services
Indepth Research Services (IRES) is a global institutional capacity building, technical and management consultancy firm with its head office in Nairobi, Kenya. IRES offers technical and management consultancy services as well as education and training services designed for individuals’ and groups from organizations working in public, not for profit and private sectors. IRES Kenya has identified itself with a niche market that largely comprises of Government ministries, departments and agencies (MDA’s) and UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, from Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle-East and the Caribbean. We have also served academic institutions, international research organizations, financial institutions and private companies from across the globe. As at 2018 we offer our services in more than 15 locations globally. Our technical and management consultancy services are in the areas of Agriculture, Education, Energy, Oil and gas, Health, Environment and natural resources, ICT for development, spatial planning, Governance, Management and leadership, communication, transport, revenue management, marketing development and environment among others. Our education and training services are aimed helping individuals improve their professional knowledge, competence, skill, and effectiveness and enable the institutions to get the best out of their workforce. This is achieved through conducting high impact professional diploma and certificate courses, short courses, conferences, workshops and seminars.
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