Agricultural value chain development has emerged as a key methodology employed by multi- and bilateral donors, nongovernmental organizations, and research institutions to drive economic development. Value chain upgrading can result in significant economic impact in developing countries, contributing up to 30% of gross domestic product (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, 2013). Through a case study of the Smallholders Alliance for Sorghum in Haiti (SMASH), we examine the process of creating an “inclusive” value chain that seeks to explicitly include smallholder producers to increase incomes while establishing a sustainable sorghum value chain.
The DEED project (Développement Economique pour un Environnement Durable) aims to promote economic development principally through commercial agriculture in the watershed zones of Montrouis and Limbé, within the framework of sustainable agricultural and natural resource management practice that will promote the stabilization and ecological recovery of the watersheds. The management of coastal and marine resources is included in the programs of activities for both watersheds.