Food security, poverty reduction and climate change adaptation are substantial interlinked agendas in sub-Saharan African countries. The battle for achieving food security and poverty reduction depends on how efficiently and resource-saving the production, post-harvest, distribution and consumption of food are organised. In order to analyse and improve these processes comprehensively, the value chain approach has proven to be a very useful instrument in recent years. Yet value chains are experiencing numerous challenges while potential opportunities are also evident.
This book provides a conceptual framework, empirical evidence and lessons on the challenges, opportunities and potentials to cope-up with food insecurity, poverty and climate change challenges in east African countries. First, it offers a conceptual framework for a dynamic value chain development in different regions. Then it discusses empirical evidence on the challenges of climate change and strategies towards it. Afterwards, value chain development for food security is discussed through country case studies. The book provides experiences learnt on a North-South capacity building project and gives recommendations to scale-up or improve intervention in the region or elsewhere. Finally, it will be discussed which changes of the university curricula are necessary to enable graduates to improve the coordination of food value chains.