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FIELD Report No. 18: Smallholders and Inclusive Growth in Agricultural Value Chains

January 2014 — This report investigates inclusive growth in agricultural value chains, with a focus on smallholder participation and upgrading behavior and outcomes related to agricultural productivity, agricultural profits and smallholder incomes. The purpose of the report is to advance understanding of inclusive growth by reviewing empirical evidence from twelve agricultural value chains that have engaged and benefited smallholders.

The experiences reviewed in this paper indicate that smallholders can play a significant role in competitive value chains if they have the requisite capabilities, profitable opportunities and information to accurately assess alternatives. In addition, there are significant steps that governments, development practitioners and private-sector firms can take to promote inclusion.

This report is part of the FIELD-Support Knowledge Series. More information on the series can be found here: