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. The publication begins by setting a common understanding of service delivery, with case examples from companies actively working in the field. This is followed in chapter three with examples of some of the key challenges that must be overcome on the ground, like side-selling, ensuring there is access to finance for smallholders, and aggregating land to enable largerscale commercial production. In their conclusions, the authors endorse a new approach to inclusive business taken by agribusiness in Africa, and raise some additional questions that are still to be addressed.