An Overview of Sector Governance

Building high performing and resilient sectors requires looking beyond the value chain and improving the governance of a sector.

The last two decades have seen an increasing emphasis on company and supply chain driven approaches to promote sustainable production and trade of agricultural commodities such as cocoa, coffee, cotton and staple crops. Some of these initiatives have achieved remarkable success, with benefits to both farmers and commercial partners. While they have resulted in ‘islands of success’, many others struggle with the systemic issues including price volatility, unaffordable—and therefore missing—services for farmers, and a lack of transparency. Increasingly, supply chain actors realize that to reach sustainability at scale, value chains need to be part of high performing and resilient sectors. To address the roots of poor performance, scaling up supply chain interventions alone is not sufficient. These challenges often require a coordinated approach that is valuable for the sector as a whole and also boosts the success of individual supply chain projects. Download the full report here.

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