Facilitate the design and/or assessment of interventions for value chain development, taking into account the circumstances and needs of upstream-chain actors (namely, stallholder producing households and small and medium enterprises that have direct relations with smallholders). The tool has been tested in 20+ countries in S Asia, Africa, and LAC
Data collection at 2 levels: enterprise and household; at enterprise level, tool provides guidance in how to design the research, generic data collection tools, and insight from application; at the household level, the tool provides guidance in how to establish the sample, sample data collection tools, and insights from application secondary information, short questionnaires, primary household data
The following publications are based on the design or implementation of 5Capitals: Donovan, J. and N. Poole. 2011. Value chain development and rural poverty reduction: Asset building by smallholder coffee producers in Nicaragua. ICRAF working paper 138. Nairobi: ICRAF; Donovan, J. and N. Poole. 2013. Asset building in response to value chain development: Lessons from taro producers in Nicaragua. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 88 (1): 23-37; Gaming, H., S. Guardia, L. Pocasangre, and C. Staver. Farmers' community enterprise for marketing organic bananas from Alto Beni, Bolivia: Impacts and threats. Enterprise Development and Microfinance 22(3): 210-224; Katerberg, L., A. Khan, and S. Ruddick. 2011. Evaluating value chain pact using a sustainable livelihoods approach: A case study of horticulture in Afghanistan. Enterprise Development and Microfinance 22(3): 225-240; Stoian, D., J. Donovan, J. Fisk, and M. Muldoon. 2012. Value chain development for rural poverty reduction: A reality check and a warning. Enterprise Development and Microfinance 23(1): 54-69.