Strengthening Value Chains as an Industrial Policy Instrument

Methodology and Experience of ECLAC in Central America

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In this book the recent experience of ECLAC in the design of industrial policy and technical support to the governments of two Central American countries, El Salvador and Guatemala, is presented. A complete approach was followed to identify in detail, the constraints faced by each link in the value chain. Intervention strategies for strengthening the value chains that showed a participating character (public-private) and drive structural change in the countries of the region through increased productivity and value added, with special emphasis on small producers.

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Non-traditional export vegetable chain in Guatemala

This chapter makes a diagnostic assessment of the non-traditional export vegetable chain in Guatemala and the strategies proposed to strengthen it. This chain encompasses Chinese and sweet peas, broccoli, the main varieties of courgette (zucchini), baby corn (elotín) and baby carrots. These six products are considered part of a single chain, because they are often marketed in conjunction with peas, which are the main export vegetable. The chain was selected by the Guatemalan government for its importance in creating rural employment and because of its export orientation. This diagnostic assessment involved field research in which interviews were held with representatives of the main components of the chain, including producers, exporters, and public-sector officials. Two roundtables were also organized among the participants of the chain, in which the constraints identified and the strategies suggested were validated.

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