to invest and thereby affect the competitiveness of a value chain.The prospects for Mali's overall shea value chain rest on improving the competitive position of its shea kernels, in which Mali's market players are poor competitors compared with those in other West African countries. After
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a reliable source of good-quality kernels, the incentives for producers to upgrade are less clear. Practical examples are drawn regarding how one development programme was able to spur investment by fostering communications between market actors at different levels of the value chain.
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