Promoting Value Chains of Neglected and Underutilized Species for Pro-Poor Growth and Biodiversity Conservation.


With this publication, the GFU presents guidelines and good practices for value chain development (VCD) of
neglected and underutilized species (NUS). It complements manuals on VCD and guidelines for agro-biodiversity
conversation with due consideration for the specific features of value chains of NUS.

The guidelines draw upon lessons learnt and good practices described in eight case studies implemented by
the GFU and its partners, other published and grey literature on NUS and VCD, and the experience of the author
in horticultural marketing and VCD. The case studies assess approaches and results of VCD for various NUS in
Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, namely:

Objectives and target groups
The objectives of this publication are to:

Taking into account the challenges in conserving agro-biodiversity and fostering pro-poor growth through the
promotion of value chains of NUS, GFU intends to give guidance to non-governmental organizations (NGOs),
development organizations, assistance agencies and other parties interested in NUS-VCD.

Structure of the guidelines
The present guidelines are meant to facilitate the development of viable strategies by:

Building on these guiding principles and possible approaches to NUS-VCD, the last two chapters look at the
questions of how far and with what preconditions NUS-VCD can contribute to the main objectives of biodiversity
conservation and pro-poor growth by:

Aiming at providing interested readers with more practice-oriented guidance than theoretical discourse,
academic explanations will be kept short. For those interested in theories, every section is complemented by
recommendations for further reading.

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Underutilized species mentioned
Amaranthus caudatus, Brassica carinata, Cleome gynandra, Corchorus olitorius, Crotalaria brevidens, Crotalaria ochroleuca, Cucurbita moschata, Eleusine coracana, Emblica officinalis, Garcinia indica, Lepdium meyenii, Panicum miliaceum, Panicum sumatrense, Paspalum scrobiculatum, Setaria italica, Solanum ethiopicum, Solanum scabrum, Tamarindus indica, Triticum dicoccon, Triticum monococcum, Triticum spelta

market promotion, underutilized species, value added

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