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June 11, 2020Knowledge Portal
“Inclusive business” in agriculture: Evidence from the evolution of agricultural value chains

This review paper explores published evidence on the structural factors shaping agricultural value chains and their implications for social inclusion. »

Inclusive business for sustainable food systems: Putting the last first
May 22, 2020Study
Inclusive business for sustainable food systems: Putting the last first

How can business models be profitable and benefit low income populations, aim to address societal problems, including poverty and food and nutrition insecurity, and promote sustainable livelihoods? This is the key question explored in the third Thematic Paper of the F&BR Synthesis Study that has recently been produced discussing Research for Development insights and innovations regarding these business models, commonly referred to as Inclusive Business models. »

May 4, 2020Knowledge Portal
COVID-19 and smallholder producers’ access to markets

The aim of this brief is to inform on options to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on food and agriculture with attention to smallholders’ access to markets. This brief builds on lessons learned in 2014 Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic and during the 2007–2008 global food prices volatility crisis. »

April 14, 2020Knowledge Portal
Towards demand-driven services? The role of feedback mechanisms in agribusiness-based advisory services for smallholder farmers

This paper explores the extent to which agribusinesses provide demand-driven services based on farmer feedback and how they integrate and learn from such feedback. The study shows that agribusinesses provide focused advisory services to diverse farmers in developing countries, which are often farmers’ main source of technical advice. »

March 15, 2020Knowledge Portal
Inclusive agribusiness models in the Global South: The impact on local food security

This paper argues there is little evidence that shows inclusive business initiatives improve the food and nutrition security (FNS) of many. Private business is increasingly presented as a leading agent of development in policy, also in the pursuit of developmental goals beyond business, such as food security (SDG2 in particular). »

February 5, 2020Knowledge Portal
Digital technologies, hyper-transparency and smallholder farmer inclusion in global value chains

This article states that globalization of food value chains has increased the demand for greater transparency over where food is produced, how, by whom and with what effect on society and the environment. A range of new digital technologies are available to facilitate transparency, with the promise of leading the global food system to an era of ‘hyper-transparency’. Its impact on smallholder farmer inclusion, however, remains questionable »