Abstract: The use of system dynamics tools can add valuable insights when identifying and evaluating priorities for pro-poor value chain upgrading. However, to better understand the complex systems in agricultural value chains and to develop useful models, a participatory modelling process is important. This article highlights the group model building process of the dairy value chain in Matiguás, Nicaragua, one of a few examples of participatory model building in developing countries. The results confirm several benefits with participatory system dynamics modelling, including team learning, a greater understanding of the value of modelling, and a tool for decision-making and priority setting.
Keywords: Methods, Environment (built and natural) – Agriculture, Food security, Labour and livelihoods – Poverty reduction, Civil society – Participation, Aid – Development policies, Governance and public policy, Latin America and the Caribbean