Expanding the horizontal elements of value chain analysis: What can the weavers of Ewe kente teach us?
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This study examines the textile handicrafts value chain of Ewe kente in the Adaklu-Anyigbe district. In line with increased interest in the development of craft villages and local craft markets this research provides insight in the socio-economic characteristics of the kente weavers and the value chain of the kente cloth. As many weavers are living in rather impoverished areas with few opportunities to realize a sustainable livelihood, this research aims at understanding the dynamics of the industry and seeking opportunities to improve market access and economic benefits for weavers. Therefore, SNV, The Netherlands Development Organisation, has commissioned this research and is keen to have a baseline study that identifies the extent of poverty and that identifies areas in which intervention can be useful. This research was conducted to provide SNV with a baseline study of the producers and a value chain analysis of the kente industry.