Innovators in Rural Community Economic Development

Value Chain Write Shop 1 - Hosted by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and the Wallace Center

Tags: Agriculture, Facilitation, Natural Resource Based Economic Development

Client Name: Wallace Center at Winrock International, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

Client Type: Non-profit, Federal Agency

Year: 2009

Location: Virginia

Shanna Ratner facilitated the first of two values-based value chain writeshops for the Wallace Center at Winrock International. The purpose of the writeshop was to develop content for tools to assist intermediaries in building value chains so that more healthy food gets to market. The writeshop brought together a remarkable group of researchers and practitioners who participated in an arduous but fruitful process to capture their best thinking about what works and what does not in implementing values-based value chains. The writeshop format was invented by Paul Mundy who works in international development. Thanks to Jim Barham at USDA, who experienced a writeshop overseas and saw its applicability to Wallace, we were able to bring this approach to life in a modified format in the U.S. For more information on writeshops, visit