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Premier Value Chain Development Training Course

The Co-operative University of Kenya in collaboration with Agri and Co-operative Training and Consultancy Services Ltd

Premier Value Chain Development Training Course
 
(ValueLinks Methodology)


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There is widespread agreement that economic growth can be a major driver for reducing poverty. The concept of “value chain promotion” has emerged as an important tool for pro-poor economic development; the value chain approach helps development programmes in addressing issues of economic change that are critical to the poor. In the era of globalization, value chain promotion is mainly related to the competitiveness of food production, rural industries and light manufacturing that provide livelihoods for large numbers of people. In most weak economies, business communities need to get much better organized and become more market-oriented. The investment of government and private enterprises has to be coordinated.

Building on these ideas, GTZ (German Technical Co-operation), now merged with DED (German Development Services) and InWent into GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), has developed an action-oriented methodology that compiles the most important tools for value chain promotion called ValueLinks. It provides the framework for a systematic approach to strengthening national and regional competitiveness and includes know-how for development organizations and public agencies active in the field of economic promotion. ValueLinks is organized along the steps in a project cycle and is being used in many countries to guide economic development programmes and enhance the capacity of local institutions. A number of countries in Africa have benefited from the ValueLinks approach.

For more than seven years, ATC has conducted ValueLinks seminars in Nairobi, Nakuru, Nyeri, Mombasa, Bungoma and Naivasha, Kenya, and facilitated one seminar in Windhoek, Namibia and another in Kigali, Rwanda. Participants have been drawn from various countries all over the world, including Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria, Uganda, Netherlands, Germany, Rwanda, Malawi and South Sudan.

Objectives of the Training
The objective of the seminar is to enhance the skills of participants in designing, implementing and monitoring market driven value chain upgrading projects using a participatory approach. The know-how covers both technical subjects and facilitation skills working with groups of entrepreneurs, business associations and public institutions.
Target Participants
The ValueLinks Introductory Training Seminar is intended to serve consultants, planners and practitioners working in development agencies, business consulting firms, providers of financial and non financial services, business associations, agribusinesses or government agencies active in economic development, Universities and Civil Society Organizations.
Seminar Content

The seminar gives participants a profound introduction to the concept and methodology of ValueLinks, the value chain promotion approach developed by GTZ, now referred to as GIZ.In particular, the training shall cover the following:

  • Designing value chain promotion projects at the interface of regional and sectoral economic development,
  • Selecting value chains based on promising pro-poor growth opportunities, Mapping and analyzing sub-sectors and value chains
  • Designing value chain promotion projects at the interface of regional and sectoral economic development,
  • Selecting value chains based on promising pro-poor growth opportunities,
  • Mapping and analyzing sub-sectors and value chains
  • Developing a vision and strategy for chain upgrading,
  • Process design and facilitation skills for working with chain actors and engaging in public-private partnership,
  • Facilitating market linkages and the business organization of small-scale enterprises and rural producers,
  • Financial and service arrangements in private business transactions,
  • Introducing standards on product quality and safety
  • Making public agencies more responsive to business needs, and
  • Conducting impact monitoring in value chain projects
Training Methodology

ValueLinks is one of the most recognized VC development approaches and currently implemented by a large number of programmes worldwide. The training shall adopt an interactive methodology including short presentation of concepts, facts and use of group exercises involving the application of hands-on tools and utilization of concrete cases.

Participants shall be expected to apply the concepts in working group sessions and get insight into real-world practice during a field excursion.

Training Material

Participants will receive a complete set of ValueLinks presentations and additional information on value chain promotion in form of a seminar binder and on CD-ROM.

Duration/Venue

The workshop will be held at The Water Buck Hotel, Nakuru. The seminar will start on Monday 29th August 2016 at 0800hrs (8:00AM) and will run up to Friday 2nd September 2016 afternoon at 1500hrs (3:00PM). Participants are expected to arrive at the venue on the evening of Sunday 28th August 2016. For more information about the venue please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .'; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text51226 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Training Fee

The training fee inclusive of applicable taxes (Certification, full board accommodation for 5 nights, excursion and training materials) per participant Kshs. 95, 000 (USD 1,100).

NB: Those who wish not to be on full board accommodation, (Day conference and Training fee) is Kshs. 75,000 (USD 850).

Please note that participants are responsible for their transportation to and from the training venue and for all other expenses that are not covered by the training fees. Airport transfers will cost USD 150.

Payment

Payment can be made to the following accounts:

  • Payment in Ksh;
    Cheques are payable to Agri and Co-operative Training and Consultancy services Ltd or Wired to our account at Kenya Commercial Bank Ltd Karen Branch A/c No 1110226659. The bank International Swift Code is KCBLKENX.

    OR

  • Payment in USD;
    Payable to Agri and Co-operative Training and Consultancy services Ltd, Co-operative Bank of Kenya, Karen Branch A/c No. 02120500208300
Registration

You can register online on www.atc.co.ke or by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it request to participate in the ValueLinks workshop. Once we have processed your application, we will request confirmation and payment of the course fee

For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or  Telephone numbers (+254) 20 2325498 / (+254) 0720 564169 and (+254) 0735 847866.


The workshop will be held at Lake Naivasha Panorama Resort and Lodge, Kenya. The seminar will start on Monday 4th April 2016 at 0800hrs (8:00AM) and will run up to Friday 8th April 2016 afternoon at 1500hrs (3:00PM). Participants are expected to arrive at the venue on the evening of Sunday 3rd April 2016.  For more information about the venue please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

With a breathtaking view of Lake Naivasha, this is one venue where participants would wish that the training never ends. The Naivasha weather is moderately warm at the moment. 

 
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