What is LVCD?


Welcome to the new and improved website for World Vision’s own Local Value Chain Development Project Model.  From here on in, we’ll be calling it the LVCD website, for short.  This site is the central repository for all the most up-to-date information about the LVCD model.  The website will attempt to answer your questions, starting with:

What is LVCD?

Local Value Chain Development (LVCD) is the name of World Vision’s approach to market and value chain analysis.  This approach draws on the best-practice value chain and market system analysis approaches used by other organisations but is tailored to suit World Vision’s unique way of working directly with the poorest communities, and, our focus on helping families and children.

Who benefits from an LVCD project?

World Vision works directly with small-scale producers of agricultural products, handicrafts, food, or other goods who have a strong desire to improve their household incomes by improving their products and practices in order to access profitable markets.

What is the aim of LVCD?

As with all World Vision projects, improved well-being of children and families is the goal of the LVCD approach.  In order to do this, we help producers generate a sustainable income to provide for the needs of their families and children.

The outcomes of the LVCD project model include:

  • Sustainable increases in incomes and assets for poor producers
  • Improved capacity of producer groups
    • to access and use information about market dynamics
    • to work collectively to buy, sell, innovate, add value, withstand shocks and increase resilience.
    • to address technical agricultural challenges and to improve the quality, volume, consistency of supply of products
  • Profitable relationships between producers, buyers and service suppliers to improve marketability of products and access to goods and services of producers
  • Changed community mindset; increased hope, future orientation, dignity, confidence, self and collective efficacy and attitudes conducive to business development

What are the essential elements of an LVCD project?  

  1. Income generation for small scale poor producers is an outcome of the project
  2. A dedicated Market Facilitator (WV or partner staff) is responsible for the implementation of an LVCD from start to finish
  3. Producers work together in Producer Groups
  4. Producers’ capacity is built to work in groups, manage businesses and link to markets
  5. Producers participate in market information gathering and market analysis:
  6. Facilitation and empowerment is key: no handouts. Limited use soft loans or subsidies
  7. Producers take on the role of Local Market Facilitators (LMFs) and are integral to implementation and sustainability
  8. Partners are integral to implementation
  9. Gender is considered and addressed through all phases of the LVCD project