Research into value chains is a relatively recent phenomenon. In order to help fill some of the research gaps, in collaboration with colleagues we have prepared two manuals.
A Handbook for Value Chain Research () by Raphael Kaplinsky and Mike Morris identifies the importance of value chains in the current era of globalisation, provides an overview of conceptual issues, describes specific methodological tools, and explores the policy relevance of value chain research.
The Manual for Value Chain Research on Homeworkers in the Garment Industry () by Dorothy McCormick and Hubert Schmitz focuses on the role of informal production in global value chains, and in particular on the role of women in these informal activities. It is designed to facilitate research by activists and discusses particular methodological tools in an accessible style.