Inclusive Business in Agrifood Markets: Evidence and Action
This report is based on proceedings of the conference 'Inclusive Business in Agrifood Markets: Evidence and Action' - held in Beijing, 5-6 March 2008. Over 130 participants from 31 countries, representing farming, policy, agrifood business, research and civil society met to assess how modernization of the food system can include and benefit small-scale farmers. The conference attempted to answer the following questions: Can the new food giants, including supermarkets and food companies be partners in the economic growth of rural areas? Can small-scale farmers meet the high expectations for food quality, safety, and quantity? Can policy help to make successful market linkages between business and small-scale farming? The conference was jointly hosted by the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP), the Office of Agricultural Vertical Integration, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, and the Regoverning Markets programme. It was a unique opportunity to take advantage of a diversity of perspectives from the public sector, the private sector, farmers - organizations, academia, civil society and the media and to share evidence and develop ideas for action. It also provided an opportunity to communicate findings from the Regoverning Markets programme, to test the appropriateness of these findings, and to develop a common agenda for business, policy makers, farmers and researchers. This publication forms part of the Regoverning Markets project.