Value chain work of FAO’s Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division highlighted in an international conference

The global conference: Making the connection: value chains for transforming smallholder agriculture was organized by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 6 to 9 November, 2012. The conference brought together more than 500 private sector representatives, government officials, farming organizations, civil societies, academics and donors. The Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division (AGS) organized and moderated two breakout session on "the role of farmer organizations in building bridges between suppliers and buyers” and on “developing green agri-food value chains".

During an AGS-lead side event, lessons from projects implemented in Africa and the Caribbean were shared. The projects presented have been applying value chain approaches for promoting food security through funding provided by the Italian government and are commonly known by the title “Food Security through the  Commercialization of Agriculture” (FSCA). Besides the informative and lively plenary and breakout sessions, another conference highlight was the exhibition area; it offered a great opportunity for networking and information sharing during break times. 

Detailed information on the conference, including daily highlights, copies of presentations, and screenings of all sessions which took place in the plenary room, can be found on the CTA conference web page: