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Value Chain Analysis in Lebanon; Let's Work

One of the initial three pilot projects for the Let’s Work Program.  With the objective being to create more, better and inclusive jobs in Lebanon, GDS, through a series of structured and semi-structured interviews with stakeholders along selected value chains, 1) assessed dynamics of the value chains and identified opportunities and requirements (interventions needed) to support growth and especially to better integrate smallholders / MSMEs into established value chains; and 2) quantified then-current and potential jobs in each respective core value chain and wider supply chain.  

Given six potential sectors, through a series of assessments, GDS selected two sectors with the highest job creation potential and then determined the most promising sub-sectors – potatoes and waste management/recycling – within each.  The assignment encompassed detailed value chain mapping for each selected sub-sector.  Using the value chain mapping to define the sample frame, stakeholders along the value chain of each sub-sector were administered a standardized survey.  To gain deeper insight into the respective sectors, semi-structured interviews were tailored and targeted to other organizations and pertinent stakeholders within the value chains.  The survey results combined with the semi-structured interview responses were used to formulate interventions needed within the respective value chains to increase job growth (more, better and inclusive jobs) – particularly for females and youth.  Further assessments were made regarding current job opportunities and corresponding skills gap based on available labor force.  GDS also quantified potential jobs in each sub-sector based on expected sector growth resulting from the recommended interventions to increase competitiveness of the value chains along combined with the multiplier effect upon ancillary sectors throughout related supply chains.