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Food & Business Knowledge Platform

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The gateway to knowledge for food and nutrition security. Connecting business, science, civil society and policy.


Seas of Change interview with Leonardo Lima, Arcos Dorados

This interview was recorded at a Seas of Change workshop, early 2014, in Amsterdam. At this workshop, practitioners from companies, NGOs, development organizations, and research institutions discussed inclusive business strategies to productively engage smallholder farmers. And in particular how to scale up successful strategies. In the Seas of Change interview, Leonardo de Souza Lima talks »

Smallholder engagement with the private sector

Demand for agricultural output is increasing in domestic and regional markets in Africa. At the same time export opportunities for agricultural products are also on the rise. Growing economies and high urbanisation rates contribute to these developments. EPS PEAKS has published a Topic Guide, written by Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats, on smallholder engagement with »

Beyond the pioneer – Getting inclusive industries to scale

Successful innovations that are emerging in developing countries often do not scale up and keep operating at low levels of scale. Harvey Koh, Nidhi Hegde and Ashish Karamchandani, authors of the report “Beyond the Pioneer”, say they are dissatisfied with a situation where small and beautiful new solutions continually excite and inspire us, but fail »

Course announcement: Linking research to local rural innovation

From March 9 till March 27, 2015, The International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA) is organizing a three-week course for agricultural professionals from research, extension, development or producer organizations and the private sector. The course aims to introduce those trained in conventional research and development methodologies to new approaches and tools for »