Leveraging the Development of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural Value Chains through ICTs

Advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) have made accessing information easier than ever. Nevertheless, the most vulnerable actors in the value chain still lack the capacity to analyze and use information, and this prevents them from benefiting from new opportunities.

This project aims to leverage information and knowledge for the development of sustainable and inclusive agricultural value chains through strategic use of ITCs. Researchers will analyze five agricultural value chains (coffee, cacao, vegetables, honey, beans) across three Central American countries (El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua). They will identify and prioritize leverage points for ICT interventions that are expected to improve the participation of the poor in value chain governance and decision-making. The researchers will then test the proposed interventions in the five value chains, and measure their impact on the competitiveness of small farmers, on the sustainability of the value chain, and on poverty reduction and food security.

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Project status


Start Date

Monday, March 1, 2010

End Date

Monday, March 18, 2013


30 months

IDRC Officer

Perini, Fernando

Total funding

CA$ 474,782


North and Central America, South America, Honduras


Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Maria Veronica Gottret


Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center

Institution Country

Costa Rica

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