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September 18, 2017Knowledge Portal
Toward more inclusive and sustainable development of Zambian aquaculture

This policy brief describes opportunities and approaches for inclusive and sustainable development of the aquaculture sector in Zambia. Three innovative, inclusive approaches can be considered “good practice” to achieve impact at scale; pro-poor microfinance mechanisms; decentralized seed distribution model; and inclusive business models (contract farming) and out-grower schemes. »

December 8, 2015Knowledge Portal
Strengthening the first mile: Enabling small and medium agribusinesses to unlock development in East Africa

This report (PDF) by Farm Africa, highlights how support to small and medium agriculture businesses is key to driving rural economic development in East Africa. These ‘first mile’ businesses play a vital role in connecting small-scale farming to wider markets by buying their produce or supplying goods to them. This report maps the various financial instruments that should be provided for agricultural SMEs’ needs, enabling them to grow. »

November 24, 2015Knowledge Portal
Integrating SMEs into Global Value Chains: challenges and policy actions in Asia

This study (PDF) by the Asian Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank Institute examines ways of encouraging SME participation in value chains, and explores policy solutions to address the financial and nonfinancial barriers faced by SMEs in global value chains. The authors highlight that two main factors
require attention: 1) enterprise competitiveness and 2) enterprise connectivity. »

October 29, 2015Knowledge Portal
Inclusive global value chains : policy options in trade and complementary areas for GVC integration by small and medium enterprises and low-income developing countries

This report (PDF) from the OECD and the World Bank focuses on making global value chains (GVCs) more inclusive. This is achieved by overcoming participation constraints for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and facilitation access for Low Income Developing Countries (LIDCs). »

July 6, 2015Knowledge Portal
From smallholder to small business: Private sector insights on service delivery models that boost profitability along the value chain

This report (PDF) by Grow Africa and IDH, offers a first set of insights, distilled from the knowledge of leading practitioners, on how to successfully integrate smallholders into value chains through effective service delivery and smallholder aggregation models. »

June 18, 2015Knowledge Portal
SME Internationalization through global value chains and free trade agreements: Malaysian evidence

This paper (PDF) by the Asian Development Bank Institute examines the characteristics of SMEs in in global value chains (GVCs) and free trade agreements (FTAs) and explores the policy implications. It finds that among SMEs, firm size matters for participation in GVCs and FTAs. But size is not the whole story for SME internationalization. Licensing »