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A case study of the Rural Value Chains Project in Guatemala

In order to learn from previous experiences, Hivos is examining its role(s) and performance in various multi-actor initiatives. A multi-actor initiative is undertaken by several actors with complementary strengths, with the aim of creating joint impact to address complex problems. A successful multi-actor initiative is one where the joint impact is greater than the impact culminating from individual efforts, and contributes to systemic change. To identify lessons learnt from its role(s) in various multi-actor initiatives and to formulate implications for its future direction and strategy, Hivos has prepared case studies of five multi-actor initiatives in which it was involved. The case studies have consciously been chosen to cover the range in terms of geography, thematic focus and role(s) of Hivos.

The four other case studies are: Malawi Campaign against Child Marriage, Sumba Iconic Island initiative (Sumba island Indonesia), Stop Child Labour Campaign (multi-country), and Sustainable Management and Autonomous Governance of the Indigenous Territory of Monte Verde (Bolivia). The purpose of the case studies is to illuminate and examine Hivos’ engagement with multi-actor initiatives by capturing and analyzing the unfolding process, and drawing out the lessons learnt. In doing so, specific attention has been paid to the roles played by Hivos and other actors over time, the challenges and dilemmas encountered, and the creative solutions and innovations generated.

The Rural Value Chain Project aims to improve food security and nutrition in the Western Highlands of Guatemala while simultaneously creating employment opportunities and increasing incomes among the smallholder farmers of the region. The multi-actor initiative is led by AGEXPORT, the Guatemalan Exporters Association, and is based on AGEXPORT’s value chain methodology which it has used to link small producers’ organisations and small and medium-sized enterprises with international buyers and companies. The other actors bring in complementary strengths: Vital Voices - promotion of gender equality; Rainforest Alliance - forest management and access to carbon markets, Institute for Nutrition in Central America and Panama – malnutrition; Inter-American Institute of Cooperation for Agriculture - systematization, knowledge exchange and learning within the value chains; Sotz’il - multicultural dimensions; Hivos – gender, renewable energy, carbon markets.

 

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