Value chain transformation is a business unit fully focused on transforming African Value Chains. Through a business-led approach, we support the transformation of African food value chains into economically viable, inclusive, and resilient value chains that contribute to improve food and nutrition security , create local economic value and support increased local and regional trade.

  • Increasing food security
  • Increasing incomes
  • Creating jobs

The model consists of various steps, such as improving access to finance, know-how, and investability of SMEs. This will enhance their resiliency, independence, and ability to build and strengthen local food systems, increase intra-Africa trade, and create a significant number of jobs that cater to the needs of people in Africa

We have witnessed the transformation of local SMEs, and the farmers they source from, into competitive businesses that meet global standards, attract competitive prices for their products, and create sustainable jobs, particularly for women and youth.

Kebba Colley, Director for Value Chain Transformation at IDH

How Value Chain Development works for companies and their African supply chains


Value chains, where a country has comparative advantage are identified and supported to increase commercialization, improve operations to produce high quality products that are price competitive.


Working with retailers, multinational brands and traders to build their local supply-base and address challenges in developing reliable African supply bases that meet their volume and quality specifications.

Read more about our Success Stories

Art of the Possible

  • Cassava
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  • HortInvest
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  • Aquaculture
  • Grains
  • Grown Sustainably in Africa
  • Nestlé-GSA partnership: empowering farmers in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria
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  • Africa Improved Foods (AIF) in Rwanda, Kenya, and Ethiopia
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  • Unilever-GSA partnership: block farm sourcing in South Africa
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Current value chain development work

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Through working together, we support systems change