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May 19, 2015Knowledge Portal
Agribusiness SMEs in Malawi: assessment of small and medium enterprises in the agriculture sector and improved access to finance in Malawi

This report by USAID and ACDI/VOCA (PDF) presents an assessment of agri-business small and medium enterprises (ASMEs) in Malawi. It was found that this is a sector with diversified business ownership, in which owners commonly operate multiple businesses and can be classed as ‘portfolio’ owner-managers spanning both agri-business and non-agri-businesses. A portfolio enables them to »

May 14, 2015Knowledge Portal
Small and medium enterprises in agriculture value chain: opportunities and recommendations

This report by Shujog, commissioned by Oxfam, analyses the effectiveness of development programs in addressing challenges faced by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the agriculture sector in Asia. The purpose of this report is to inform the decision-making of development programs that aim to catalyze the growth of Social Enterprises (SEs) in agriculture and »

April 23, 2015Knowledge Portal
Lessons learned from sustainable agricultural value chain financing in Zimbabwe

This case study highlights how SNV helped create an enabling ecosystem for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through access to finance and business development services. SNV, with support from Hivos and other partners, established the Zimbabwe Agricultural Development Trust (ZADT) in the pursuit of their common objective of providing sustainable financial support to value chain actors. »

April 2, 2015Knowledge Portal
Small and growing: entrepreneurship in African agriculture

This report (PDF) from the Montpellier Panel argues that investment in rural and food sector entrepreneurship, particularly amongst Africa’s growing youth population, can do more than achieve sustainable food and nutrition security for the continent: it can create jobs, wealth and robust livelihoods. The report’s recommendations include: (i) the establishment of programmes in order to »

Exploratory meeting on social entrepreneurship for food security
March 27, 2015News
Exploratory meeting on social entrepreneurship for food security
Theme: Social Entrepreneurship

On February 27, 2015, a group of 35 enthusiastic social entrepreneurs and impact investors discussed the role of social entrepreneurship for food and nutrition security.  During a lively ‘Pop-up Friday’ meeting, enabled by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), practitioners and academics explored the practical and strategic challenges that social entrepreneurs face and how »

March 3, 2015Knowledge Portal
Sustainable matchmaking between SMEs: in emerging economies and the Netherlands

Sustainable Match is an initiative of six complementary Dutch parties (Agri-ProFocus, BBO, MVO Nederland, Oxfam Novib, PeopleConnector, ProPortion) that has been executed between 2012 and 2013 on innovating trade and investment missions in anticipation of the new policy for international cooperation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (PDF). By means of two pilots in »