COVID-19 Precipitated the Age of Copper

COVID-19 Precipitated the Age of Copper: Are Producing Countries Prepared to Supply the World and Capture Greater Value? This blog looks at impacts and opportunities in the copper value chain, particularly for Latin American producers in Peru and Chile.

Central America in Manufacturing Global Value Chains (GVCs)

This research uses the global value chain (GVC) framework to analyze Central America’s participation in global manufacturing value chains, to understand the region’s competitiveness drivers and to evaluate potential risks to continued participation if US trade policies were to change. Central America’s entry into manufacturing GVCs has been through the insertion in various chains including apparel, wire harnesses (automotive) and medical devices. These sectors span low-, medium-, and high-tech manufacturing. They are important contributors to the region’s export basket, and the US is central to their trade. To understand how the region operates in these manufacturing sectors, this report analyzes the participation of select countries in each of the three value chains: apparel (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua), wire harnesses (Honduras and Nicaragua) and medical devices (Costa Rica and Dominican Republic).

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has sponsored a series of projects which include carrying out global value chains (GVC) research in a variety of Latin American countries, and also helping the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the IDB to design and evaluate new GVC projects for the region. In addition, the IDB has co-sponsored a number of international conferences and workshops on global value chains throughout Latin America, and it supported a one-week GVC training program led by Fernandez-Stark, Bamber and Gereffi at the Caribbean Center for Competitiveness at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad in October 8-12, 2012.

China’s Greatest Legacy Was to Create a Model of Inclusive Development

Gereffi provided an interview for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Integration and Trade Journal on industrial development in China with lessons Latin America can learn from China. It is available in English and Spanish.

The Competitiveness of Small Organic Cocoa Producers of the National Confederation of Dominican Cocoa Producers (CONACADO)

Small organic cocoa producers in the Dominican Republic improve their competitiveness by increasing cultivation productivity.

Basic Principles and Guidelines for Impactful and Sustainable Inclusive Business Interventions in High-Value Agro-Food Value Chains

Assessment of Five High-Value Agriculture Inclusive Business Projects

This paper is a summary of five IDB-MIF projects on high-value agriculture value chains that aimed to include small- and medium-sized producers in high-value agriculture value chains. The objective of this paper is to provide a set of lessons learned to design and implement efficient, effective and sustainable projects in the future.

Supporting the Competitiveness of Central American Coffee

Case: Strengthening the Competitiveness of the Stevia Value Chain in Paraguay

Case: Development of Micro and Small Rural Apicultural Producers in Nicaragua & Honduras