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Survey Instruments Tool

IIED and Oxfam have long collaborated with partners, such as the Sustainable Food Lab, to understand the guiding principles for establishing fair and inclusive smallholder based supply chains. A natural progression from this work was to develop a survey and analysis tool and methodology to capture and analyze data from these supply chains. Oxfam GB, the international consumer goods company Unilever, IIED and the Centre for Value Chain Research at the University of Kent have worked together to develop such a tool by looking at the fairness of the relationships between actors in the chain. The tool provides a health check on the state of the relationships and gives an indication of where further investigation may be required.

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  • IIED code: G03429
  • Published: Oct 2012 - IIED/Oxfam/Kent Business School/Unilever
  • Theme: Sustainable markets
  • Language: English

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Millions of farmers in Africa depend on export markets for their livelihoods. But recent market trends have led to declining small farmer participation. Yet, these farmers have the skill and soil to provide the high-quality products the food industry seeks. This collaborative initiative engaged with research, civil society and private sector partners to develop new business models across a variety of sectors that enable smallholders to participate in sustainable trading relationships with international businesses and thereby improve their livelihoods.

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