Value Chain Analysis and Good Agricultural Practices
Through VC+GAP, CPHDA encourages producers to adopt a commercial approach to agriculture, treating their farms — however small — as businesses. We train our partners to educate farmers on the costs of production, market prices, break-even points, and rates of return, enabling them to map out a business plan for sustainable profit.
Introducing Market-Driven Production
CPHDA builds the analytical capacity of business development service (BDS) providers so that they can deliver better market information to client farmers. The identification of opportunities — and the related volume, quality, and delivery specifications — ensures that crop selection and extension successfully link smallholder supply to buyer demand.
CPHDA works to develop processing industries that expand employment and supply opportunities, particularly for women and youth, while increasing returns at the source.
Increasing Food Security
Through a mix and balance of crops and the transfer of GAPs, CPHDA works with clients to achieve food security: producing and accessing adequate and nutritious food for household consumption, increasing agricultural incomes, and reducing vulnerability to climatic changes through adaptation techniques.
CPHDA trains clients in recordkeeping, which is a critical tool for adopting the “farming as a business” perspective. Records support improvements in yields and profitability — and most of today’s industry standards require them.
Importantly, we achieve compliance even when we tailor instruction for low literacy levels.
Forging Public-Private Partnerships
CPHDA creates and leverages public and private sector cooperation to conduct research, extension, marketing, and infrastructure development to support value chain development.
Linking with the Private Sector
CPHDA builds synergistic value chains through alliances with input suppliers, irrigation companies, extension services, packhouse operators, processors, certifiers, lenders, trainers, exporters, retailers, and other marketing agents.
Sharing Technical Knowledge
CPHDA introduces smallholders to a range of the most beneficial technologies, including planning, plant nutrition, low-cost drip irrigation, crop rotation, integrated crop and pest management, and postharvest handling techniques.
Diversifying Crops and Products
CPHDA helps smallholders diversify into at least three products to limit risk, create income continuity, and strengthen their food security.
Protecting the Environment
CPHDA’s work contributes to environmental stewardship through GAPs that conserve soil and water, help farmers adapt to climate change, preserve biodiversity, and sustain incomes and value chain synergies that discourage the short-term exploitation of natural resources.