Crop diversification: the importance of a value chain approach
This 'Policy Brief' explains the importance of an approach at the value chain level to support the development of crop diversification.
The implementation of crop diversification requires multiple changes, not only within farming systems but also in terms of creation and development of new value chains.
Providing support for the many actors that compose and contribute to new value chains, and ensuring better coordination among them, are thus critical to the development of crop diversification.
Key policy recommendations include allocating public and private resources towards actors involved in crop diversification, with special attention paid to the starting and scaling-out phases. Specific support should be provided to help mitigate or share the investment costs and risks along value chains, e.g. through the development of innovative contracts and subsidy schemes.
Creating a favorable environment including regulatory stability for new crops, as well as undertaking wide communication campaigns, are critical to increase the share of crop diversification products.