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Advancing joint strategies for inclusive Agri-Business in Kenya
February 7, 2018Knowledge activity
Advancing joint strategies for inclusive Agri-Business in Kenya

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) recently organized a knowledge sharing meeting on inclusive agri-business (IAB) strategies in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of the afternoon session was Connecting research with policy and practice. Please find here the report and video impression of the meeting. »

January 30, 2018Knowledge Portal
Integration of small farmers into global value chains: Challenges and opportunities inside the current global demand

This article analyze the main challenges and opportunities derived from the insertion of small farmers in global value chains. Global value chains often represent an option for local firms and suppliers in developing countries to get access to high-value markets and new technologies. »

Understanding better who benefits from Inclusive Business Models for Food and Nutrition Security
January 24, 2018Knowledge activity
Understanding better who benefits from Inclusive Business Models for Food and Nutrition Security

“Inclusive Business Models offer opportunities for economic and social development for certain groups, but they are not effective as means to poverty alleviation”. That finding was presented by Guus van Westen (Utrecht University), coordinator of the Follow the Food project. This entails one of the nine research consortia funded within GCP-2, that were all present during their midterm meeting in Kenya from January 15 till 19. »

December 14, 2017Knowledge Portal
Reaching deep in low-income markets: Enterprises achieving impact, sustainability, and scale at the base of the pyramid

This report covers 20 well-established inclusive businesses and explores whether and how businesses can reach ‘down pyramid’. Most enterprises that were studied are able to reach base of the pyramid (BOP) populations with critical goods and services and some are able to reach surprisingly deep. »

Inclusive business – a solution to a problem or dot on the horizon?
December 12, 2017Knowledge activity
Inclusive business – a solution to a problem or dot on the horizon?

Now that development policy is increasingly looking to the private sector for solutions, the question of how to achieve inclusiveness in business development to enhance the food security of smallholder producers and poor consumers is becoming more important. Inclusive business models are presented as a solution, a way in which companies can include societal objectives in their way of working. However, these models have yet to succeed. This was the central dilemma posed in the session on “Inclusive business development for food security”. »

December 6, 2017Knowledge Portal
Contracts between smallholders and private firms in Mozambique and their implications on food security

This working paper focuses on the role of contract farming agreements between smallholders and private investors in rural contexts. These contracts can take different forms, but in general are agreements under which producers commit to supply produce to a buyer firm. The focus of this paper is on contracts’ effects on food security in Mozambique. »