5 capitais: uma ferramenta para avaliar os impactos do desenvolvimento de cadeias de valor sobre a probeza
5 Capitals facilitates learning about the potential of value chain development (VCD) to strengthen rural livelihoods and improve business performance. Learning is derived from measuring and observing changes in various assets managed by smallholder households and the enterprises with which they have direct contact. These smallholder-linked enterprises play a critical role in linking smallholders to markets. Underpinning 5 Capitals is the belief that the greater a household's access to livelihood assets, such as human, social, natural, physical and financial capitals, the higher its well-being and resilience. Likewise, the greater a linked enterprise's access to business assets, including human, social, physical and financial capitals, the greater its economic viability and performance. The tool helps users understand critical development issues, such as the extent to which preexisting asset endowments determine the outcomes of VCD, the relationship between asset building at the enterprise and household levels, and the role of market, political and institutional factors in facilitating or hindering favorable outcomes. The methodological framework underlying 5 Capitals helps users separate the changes caused by interactions and interventions in value chains from those induced by the overall context.