Designing and implementing livestock value chain studies

A practical aid for
Highly Pathogenic and Emerging Disease (HPED) control



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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome, 2012

Value chain studies, including production system and market chain studies, are essential to value chain analysis, which when coupled with disease risk analysis is a powerful tool to identify key constraints and opportunities for disease control based on risk management in a livestock production and marketing system. Several production system and market chain studies have been conducted to support disease control interventions in South East Asia. This practical aid summarizes experiences and lessons learned from the implementation of such value chain studies in South East Asia. Based on these experiences it prioritizes the required data for the respective purpose of a value chain study and recommends data collection as well as data analysis tools. This practical aid is intended as an adjunct to the FAO value chain approach and animal diseases risk management guidelines document. Further practical advice is provided for more effective use of value chain studies in South and South East Asia as part of animal health decision support.



Purpose of the document


Overview: context of value chain studies


Designing and implementing value chain studies


Some examples of successful application of tools described in this document


Final words


Annex 1: Glossary of technical and related terms in Value Chain and Risk Analysis


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