Market Assessment

Compilation and Synthesis of Major Agricultural Value Chain Analysis in the Philippines, Roehlano Briones, 2014

    Description
    This report is an output of a stock-taking of value chain studies and gap analysis for major agricultural commodities in the Philippines. This involves reviewing and synthesizing existing studies, particularly the ones recently completed, as well as the available road maps and master plans, for the strategic commodities relevant for selected ARC (Agrarian Reform Community) clusters.


    Summary of results
    The stock-taking reveals that the type of information most readily available is financial analysis at the farm level. The type of information that is least readily available is financial analysis for either upstream- or downstream-linked activities. To some extent disaggregation is possible at the level of region, province, and even ARC cluster, although the resulting matrix is patchy. The value chain studies can be broadly summarized as follows:
    - Opportunities seem to be well substantiated for export-oriented crops, such as banana cardava, pineapple, coconut, cocoa, rubber, and the associated activities in the value chain (respectively: banana chips, pina fiber, coco coir, tablea processing, crumb rubber production);
    - The sites suitable for these value chains are those in which primary production and marketing systems are fairly well established;
    - The value chain studies also take note that risks (e.g. price volatility) and entry barriers (lack of market access) do pose challenges towards agri-enterprises even in the high-opportunity areas;
    - Value chain activities or niche products may also be found even for the less
    competitive, import-competing products, e.g. organic rice, corn feed production,
    muscovado sugar, etc.;
    - A more comprehensive financial projection is probably needed for a more positive assessment of these linked activities or niche products.