Inclusive Value Chain Development: Reaching the Very Poor in the Philippine Mariculture Industry
The value chain approach aims to achieve economic growth with poverty reduction, but there tends to be a poverty “frontier” beyond which value chain development programs struggle to engage. Join Marian Boquiren of SDCAsia and Anna Cuny Garloch of ACDI/VOCA to discuss emerging insights as to how the value chain approach can more effectively be leveraged to “pull” the very poor into markets in more gainful ways and improve their ability to access and succeed in opportunities created in a market system. Marian Boquiren will share SDCAsia’s experience in the Philippines facilitating a more inclusive – as well as a more competitive – mariculture industry, while maintaining the program’s commitment to a value chain facilitation approach.
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Anna Cuny Garloch
Marian Boquiren has more than 20 y
ears of experience, specializing in the design, management, and implementation of enterprise development programs focusing on non-financial support structures for MSME development and pro-poor value chain development. In 2003, she co-founded a local Philippine non-profit organization now known as SDCAsia. As Manager of SDCAsia, she oversees day-to-day operations while spending most of her time implementing project activities. Prior to this, she worked with Swisscontact in the Philippines and was the first local employee appointed as manager of the Swisscontact country program office. Boquiren also worked as the head of the Design Business Development Unit of the Product Development and Design Center of the Philippines.
Anna Cuny Garloch is a value chain dev
elopment specialist and provides technical and management support to agricultural development projects as a deputy director with ACDI/VOCA. Recently, she has been active in promoting learning and knowledge management around the application of a market systems approach to achieve cross-cutting goals such as improving nutrition and reaching the very poor. Under ACDI/VOCA’s AMAP project, she helped coordinate the series of Pathways out of Poverty learning initiatives conducted by USAID in 2010 and early 2011.