Value Chains - CARE

Value Chains

CARE aims to give poor people in developing countries a worthy job and income, which can clear their way out of poverty. CARE wishes to upgrade their value chains, raise their capital through loan projects and promote a more responsible private sector.

CARE wants to secure that their effort in farming gives them an economic profit. But the barriers are many, and it is difficult for poor people to compete on the international market. CARE wants to break these barriers. Sadly, poor people have a hard time getting enough profit out of farming, because they don’t have the necessary knowledge to raise their income.

The Kilimo Biashara project cooperates with COOP to secure that Kenyan farmers have a change getting into the Danish market. CARE is following the vegetables’ journey from Kenya to Denmark, constantly working on developing the value chain. This means that we are cooperating closely with Kenya’s private sector, whilst trying to improve the quality and quantity of the production in Denmark.

CARE improves farmers’ access to capital through loan projects, educates them in farming techniques and secures certification of their products. CARE also supervises farmers arrangement of production data to develop more transparency and responsibility in the value chain.   

Many farmers didn’t know how to make a sustainable contract with their buyers. Through CARE they have secured a better contractual relationship. This has not only improved their relations, but also made the delivery stabile, says Nanna Callisen Bang, who is responsible for the project in Kenya.

CARE wants a more included, sustainable and responsible growth; a growth in poor people’s favour, which isn’t based on a short-termed abuse of nature’s resources. Through our cooperation with the private sector, the elements of human rights, developing farming, climate changes and terms and conditions of sale are central in how to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development.

We are sharing our knowledge of projects like Kilimo BIiashara with experts, other organisations, consumers and the private sector. We are discovering how Danish consumers and companies can help create development in Africa.

By introducing CARE’s techniques and better access to seed corn and fertilizer, we are looking at a doubling – sometimes a tripling – of the yield. The farmers use their raised income to invest in production, food, health and education for their children. The work with value chains does not only give an economic profit, but also a social impact on a village basis, says Nanna Callisen Bang.

Do you want to learn more about CARE Danmark’s work with value chains and sustainable farming? Then please contact CARE Danmark’s programme coordinator Nanna Callisen Bang

Read more about CARE Danmark’s other focus areas:
Gender Equality & Micro Finance
Climate Change
Food Security

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