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Rural Industrial Policy and Strengthening Value Chains

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This book underscores the need for a rural industrial policy that promotes a structural change based on innovation, greater value added and better employment and living conditions, all in harmony with the environment. The proposal builds on the experience of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in strengthening rural value chains and offers a novel approach to industrial policy and rural development, issues that have traditionally been addressed separately. The book also sets out the value chain methodology developed by ECLAC and presents a comparative analysis of processes to strengthen rural value chains around commodities, agribusiness products and rural tourism.

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Introduction

In recent years ECLAC has been working closely with the countries of the region to devise participatory strategies for strengthening value chains, with a view to fostering structural change. This transformation will enable the countries to increase their share in the most knowledge-intensive areas of the production structure and those in which demand is growing the fastest. It will also help reduce the Latin American economies’ structural heterogeneity by improving the distribution of the value added that is captured along the chain and by incorporating new producers and service providers.

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