The main objective of this course is two-fold:

i) To equip students with a clear understanding of the meaning, importance and rationale for promoting VC approaches in promoting agricultural transformation for development; and

ii) To equip students with competences and capabilities to conduct VC mapping and critical analyses; with a view to identifying gaps to address; and devise appropriate strategic action plans to address them.

Specifically: i )To introduce students to the meaning of, importance, and to the rationale for promoting VC approaches; and ii)To guide students through the tasks of VC mapping and VC analysis - including in the Mapping of the 3 levels of VCs, Plotting the relationships in VCs and in Differentiating between various structures (maps) of various commodities and/or entities (Farmer organizations).