Information for G02340
Business models that are inclusive of small farmers
This paper was prepared for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as background to the Global Agro-Industries Forum which took place in New Delhi from 8 to 11 April 2008. The paper describes a range of business models for inclusive market development within the context of agrifood restructuring and modernisation. It focuses specifically on models
that improve the inclusiveness, fairness, durability and financial sustainability of trading relationships between small farmers on one hand and downstream agribusiness (processors, exporters and retailers) on the other. It also alerts us to the needs of external providers, such as financiers and training agents.
- IIED code: G02340
- Published: Sep 2008 - IIED
- Theme: Governance
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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