inclusive business

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 4 May 2017 at 11:05

2nd Sustainable Inclusive Business Conference2017

The Sustainable Inclusive Business (SIB) conference was held on 26th April 2017. The conference brought together business, government, researchers and development practitioners in discussing how businesses can be run in sustainable inclusive way (responsible for full business impact). If businesses are run this way, they will not only grow a future proof business but also contribute towards the achievement of SDG’s.  The conference acknowledged the role of private sector led solutions geared towards achievement of SDGs.

The conference held several parallel workshops among others on:

i. Waste and business,

ii. How to create future proof businesses.

iii. How businesses can become water smart

iv. Success formulae in agriculture

AgriProFocus moderated a session on “success formulae in agriculture”. The workshop sought to highlight the essence o

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SIB CONFERENCE

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  26 April 2017, All Day Event
  Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Complimentary Tickets available for Network Members! 

Dear All,

You have probably seen the invitation from Sustainable Inclusive Business (SIB) on the 2nd private sector conference on Sustainable Inclusive Business - What is Needed to Grow and Scale. If not, see the invitation at this LINK

As a network, we are thrilled to be a part of this conference. In fact, we shall be facilitating one of the workshops: "Tap into the success formulae in Agriculture".  This session will highlight the essence of improving food quality, and how to engage the whole ecosystem in your business model. It will also identify the successes of connecting and working through the whole value chain!

If you have not registered for this conference, and you would really like to be a part of this once a year event, here is some good news: SIB has provided us with 5 complimentary tickets for members of the network. 

If you think this is a workshop that could benefit your business, please send

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SAVE THE DATE! Sustainable Inclusive Business Conference

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  26 April 2017, All Day Event
  Nairobi

This year, 26 April, SIB-Kenya will organize the 2nd Private Sector Conference on Sustainable Inclusive Business where we will bring knowledge, businesses, key players, ideas and hot topics together.

This is all in the light to grow more Future Proof, Sustainable Inclusive and Smart Businesses. To improve your business impact in a positive way on People and Planet makes business sense. Sustainability has now moved from a nice-to-do, to a must-do. SIB-Kenya will facilitate the process and progress to improve businesses through steering them towards sustainability and inclusiveness.

Innovation is a very important area for any business that wishes to be Future-Proof. In this year’s conference, we will put extra focus into the entire aspect of Innovation, focusing on the various innovative successes, and how to tap into the opportunities brought about by technology and information, to make need-based innovations.

More information to follow soon. 



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 February 2017 at 03:41

Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food: let's connect!

On 16 February 2017, NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance, the Netherlands Space Office and Rabobank Foundation organised a conference on Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food in The Netherlands. One of the important outcomes was that different stakeholders should be better connected.  

Recent developments in technological applications based on satellite data provide useful information to increase outreach of financial services to rural areas and for smallholder farmers. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs committed EUR 60 million for the development of applications based on geodata for the purpose of agriculture. 


The Geodata for Agriculture and Water programme (G4AW) is implemented by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO). Early evidence suggests that these applications offer great promise to produce a higher and more stable crop supply of increased quality. By this, the risk profile of smallholder farmers reduces which is a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 February 2017 at 04:16

PizzaProFocus! Informal network meeting on inclusive business

On Thursday evening 2nd February, the Dutch network of AgriProFocus gathered for an informal network meeting with pizzas: PizzaProFocus. The meeting took place at BoP Innovation Center, one of the organizations which had made the proposal to the network to start such informal gatherings to enable people in the network to meet, discuss, get new ideas, and establish new connections.

This time, the theme was Inclusive Business. 3 pitches were done by CBI’s Eva Smulders; ICRA’s Bertil Videt; and BoPInc’s Niek van Dijk. Other participants responded, which gave room for further open questions and exchanges. Some of the key areas of interest from that discussion that I recall:

CBI has developed a new tool, with support of Schuttelaar & Partners, to support SMEs in low- and middle-income countries with an interest to export to Europe, in developing more ‘responsible business’ practices. After the use of this tool, t

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Nicole Metz More details on the CSR roadmap can be found in the specific post by CBI and Schuttelaar (Celine Steer), following this link to another page on our platform: http://agriprofocus.com/post/58d5446d0b34d96f130f5201

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Inclusive Business in Africa, Stakeholder Dialogue

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  23 September 2016, All Day Event
  Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

Eastern and Southern Management Institute (ESAMI), a co-lead partner in the NWO/WOTRO project 'Inclusive Business Models in Africa', has been collaborating with the Rotterdam School of Management/Erasmus University and the Netherlands Africa Business Council (NABC) in carrying out a number of activities including Research and Executive trainings. To share their research findings with the stakeholders, and offer further tips on how companies can become more inclusive they are organizing a series of stakeholder dialogues in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Addis Abeba.

The stakeholder dialogue for Ethiopia will take place on Friday 23 September at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Addis Ababa. The meeting will start at 09:00 and will end at 17:00 with a small network reception.

The research project is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and aspires to understand how Inclusive Business Models can be deployed for a competitive business strategy while at the same time contributing to inc

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Inclusive Businesses in Africa Stakeholder Dialogue

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  20 September 2016, All Day Event
  Lemigo Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda

Eastern and Southern Management Institute (ESAMI), a co-lead partner in the NWO/WOTRO project 'Inclusive Business Models in Africa', has been collaborating with the Rotterdam School of Management/Erasmus University and the Netherlands Africa Business Council (NABC) in carrying out a number of activities including Research and Executive trainings. To share their research findings with the stakeholders, and offer further tips on how companies can become more inclusive they are organizing a series of stakeholder dialogues in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Addis Abeba.

The stakeholder dialogue for Rwanda will take place on Tuesday 20 September at the Lemigo Hotel in Kigali. The meeting will start at 09:00 and will end at 17:00 with a small network reception.

The research project is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and aspires to understand how Inclusive Business Models can be deployed for a competitive business strategy while at the same time contributing to inclusive

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 25 July 2016 at 02:58

Promising business models that benefit women and men farmers

Nice blog based on CIAT pilots in Latin America.

http://blog.ciat.cgiar.org/promoting-business-models-that-benefit-women-and-men-farmers-ciat-pilots-link-methodology-with-gender-lens/

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 June 2016 at 02:55

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF INCLUSIVE BUSINESS IN ASIA?

How can we build a robust support ecosystem for inclusive business?
What is the role of development banks?
How can the ‘perceived riskiness’ of inclusive business be better understood and mitigated?

These key topics, and more, are discussed in a new series of blogs from the Asian Development Bank and the Practitioner Hub. They explore some of the sharpest topics that were discussed at the 2nd Inclusive Business Asia Forum in Manila and covered in the Forum report 'Inclusive Business in Asia: A cross-sector gathering of pioneers’.

With insights from Principal Economist at the ADB Armin Bauer and Hub editor Caroline Ashley, read the introduction to the series here or tap into the key topics:

Moving towards a robust support ecosystem for inclusive business in Asia

The unique role of development banks in inclusive business

Inclusive business trends in South Asia and South East Asia

What sort of financial return are investors

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 June 2016 at 02:40

Report of the 2nd Inclusive Business in Asia Forum

This report contains the highlights of the Inclusive Business in Asia Forum, convened by the Asian Development Bank with its partners, in February 2016 in Manila. The event marked a coming together of pioneers in inclusive business, unusual in its mixed composition: commercial bankers and impact investors, development finance institutions, corporates and conglomerates, family businesses, social enterprise, business association, UN and donor organizations. Over four hundred participants discussed their insight, experiences and ambitions in inclusive business.

The report expands on the following key themes that were discussed at the Forum and provides summaries to all the sessions from the 4 day event:

* The potential of inclusive business is huge, but so far is under-exploited in the region. Inclusive business can address problems of the poor at scale, in a sustainable commercially viable way. But this approach is not yet mainstreamed

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Win free coaching sessions!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  04 April 2016 - 09:00 to 27 April 2016 - 10:00
  global

Are you an entrepreneur looking to create or improve a product or service together with low-income groups?

Join the bootcamp on ‘Inclusive Innovation’ and learn from the best inclusive innovation cases and experts! Free of charge   

Last opportunity to register for the online bootcamp on Inclusive Innovation (before 3rd of April) 

April 4th, 2016: MODULE 1 – Discover your capacity to innovate
April 13th, 2016: MODULE 2 – Define your innovation space
April 20th 2016: MODULE 3 –Develop your prototype
April 27th, 2016: MODULE 4 –Deliver your market solution

Register at: https://iba.ventures/bootcamp/ 




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PRIVATE SECTOR CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE INCLUSIVE BUSINESS

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  27 April 2016, 08:00-17:00
  Catholic University of Easter Africa, Karen Nairobi

The conference will bring together members of the private sector, public sector, civil society and academia, working on various issues to speed up the process of creating sustainable and inclusive businesses.

What the conference brings your members:

· Inspiring speakers, opinion leaders, experts and artists

· Opening by Dr. Richard Leakey

· Like-minded people and businesses from different sectors ranging from Health, Transport, Tourism, Agro, floriculture, Finance and Energy.

· Tools to help you accelerate your business towards being future proof by embracing sustainability and inclusiveness.

· An opportunity to see and showcase practical examples on sustainability.

· Liaise and connect and become part of urgent Future Proof Business agenda dialogues.

· An opportunity to exhibit and promote your business activities at exclusive booths within the conference venues.

· Give an opportunity to business and individuals to supp

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 16 February 2016 at 09:49

Asia Inclusive Business Hub

The Asia Inclusive Business Hub (Asia IB Hub) is a website jointly established by Asian Development Bank, Inclusive Business Action Network and the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business. It provides information, news, insight and resources on inclusive business across the Asian region. 

Click the links below to get information about businesses, organisations, sectors, key topics, and publications. Contribute to the information we share here by posting a blog or submitting entries to the Search Inclusive Business Database. The content is based on publicly available information from companies, investors, development partners, and IB knowledge platforms.

Follow this link for more info and access to the hub.  

Posted By in Organised Farmers
Posted 25 January 2016 at 08:39

DATABASE OF INCLUSIVE BUSINESS PUBLICATIONS

The Practitioner Hub and the Inclusive Business Action Network have just launched Search Inclusive Business, a first of its kind, searchable, online database of inclusive business publications. The database brings together over 1,300 reports, case studies, tools and fact sheets about inclusive business from a wide range of authors and organisations. Search for a particular sector or region, or simply browse the featured listings, and explore the largest array of inclusive business publications on the internet today at:

SearchInclusiveBusiness.org


Sylvest Masereka We have 30 acres of land on sales in 3 blocks in Kasese District. It is good for investment in goat or local cattle rearing. An acre ranges from 2- 3 million UGX Contact us on + 256 774 098 385 or 703680609

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Didier MUYIRAMYE Dear Sylvestre, it could be better if you post the above comment in our market section: http://agriprofocus.com/agri-profocus-rwanda/marketplace. You can also include pictures of your land if you want. Best, Didier

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 January 2016 at 07:57

Are middlemen facilitators or barriers to improve smallholders' welfare in rural economies? Empirical Evidence from Ethiopia

Abstract

Middlemen play an important role by linking farmers to traders and final markets. This is particularly the case in developing countries, where market failure is ubiquitous and food chains still consist of many stages. This paper analyzes the factors affecting the farmers' decision to trade through middlemen and the impact of this choice on income and commercialization. We conceptualize middlemen both as an economic institution and as a social network structure. On the basis of data from 345 farmers in Ethiopia we found that several socioeconomic variables – particularly age, education, farm size, wealth and location – and social network variables – notably ethnic and religious ties – have an influence on farmers' choice of sales arrangement.

Regarding income effects, gross profit was 225% higher for farmers without intermediation. This could b

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Rolf Schinkel I think there are. I addresed directly some people and organizations of whom I think they can add interesting new perspectives from their point of view. Let's see what happens!

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Gumataw Kifle Abebe That's great! Looking forward to it

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Paschal Paul Dear all,these middle men encourage what we call batter system trade by doing so they increase money circulation in rural economic development Without middle men in rural economy, smallholder farmers may suffer to meet their basic need requirement due to the fact,basic social economic requirements are far from them,for instances bank,microfinance, development institution which may encourage money circulation in rural areas are not enough available and which are there like local authorities officers, primary and secondary personnels are payid low salary with no incentive hence rural farmer cannot avoid to secure financial assistance from the middle man in any way of commodity exchange

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Gizaw Legesse Dear All, it's has been a very informative discussion, thank you for Mr Gumataw for initiating it. We have been also trying to attract more participant by promoting this post on other social medias. We hope the discussion continues and reached to a concrete lesson to the rest of our members. Having said that, I have a question to Paschal Paul on the last comment - just seeking more clarification. Does the role of middlemen amount to assisting smallholders financially? The not availability of infrastructures may make their role important, like providing market information and so on. But are there middlemen, say who give payment of goods to the farmers beforehand?

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Gumataw Kifle Abebe Thanks Gizaw for your compliments and taking this important discussion into other platforms. I hope we'll have someone willing to provide us a summary of the outcome of this discussion sometime in the future.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 January 2016 at 11:10

Food & Business Knowledge Platform, 10th newsletter.

Interesting updates about inclusive agribusiness, horticulture, World Bank knowledge programme, etc.

 

This December newsletter presents various reports on events, new studies and expert opinions developed within the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) in the last months.
 
In addition to the articles below, on the F&BKP website you now can find a description of all granted 
GCP and ARF research projects, including from the latest Calls. In that website section you can also read about the supporting role of the Platform and NWO-WOTRO in knowledge sharing and research uptake of all awarded Food & Business Research projects.

 
Please enjoy reading this newsletter and exploring our website at 
www.knowledge4food.net. To constantly stay updated on the activities of the Platform, you can follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page.

http://knowledge4f

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 December 2015 at 08:50

10th newsletter Food & Business Knowledge Platform


Are you interested in knowledge and innovations in the area of Food, Nutrition and Agriculture!?

Newsletter no. 10 of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform is now available and recommended reading to all! It also includes a brief update on the AgriProFocus & partners Regional Horticulture Event in Rwanda (November 25-27).

http://knowledge4food.net/tenth-fbkp-newsletter/

Enjoy reading!

P.S. If you haven't subscribed yet, you can also do so through the link on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website. http://knowledge4food.net/subscribe-newsletter/ 

Emile NSENGIYUMVA Merci de l'information et elle est bien reçue

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ADA MAHAMANE Habou merci de l'info

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Food for thought: made in Africa, for Africa!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  27 October 2015, All Day Event
  2515VK

Food for thought: made in Africa, for Africa!

Learn from successful African agribusiness entrepreneurs.

  • When: 27th October 2015 | 09:30 – 18:00
  • Where: The Hague | New World Campus

Join the 2SCALE conference ‘Food for thought: Made in Africa, for Africa!’ to get a better understanding of what makes African agri-business tick and partnerships succeed.

Learn from African entrepreneurs and how they succeeded in establishing new businesses. Listen to their stories on partnerships with other enterprises and knowledge partners. Discuss pre-requisites for success and ways to mitigate risks.

Join this conference to find out how the 2SCALE approach improves agri-business and food security in Africa and learn how your business or organization can gain from the experience. For more information read the ‘concept note‘.

Register!

Register here to join the event!

Program

Download the program.





Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 September 2015 at 11:21

Food for thought: made in Africa, for Africa!

Learn from successful African agribusiness entrepreneurs.

  • When: 27th October 2015 | 09:30 – 18:00
  • Where: The Hague | New World Campus

Join the 2SCALE conference ‘Food for thought: Made in Africa, for Africa!’ to get a better understanding of what makes African agri-business tick and partnerships succeed.

Learn from African entrepreneurs and how they succeeded in establishing new businesses. Listen to their stories on partnerships with other enterprises and knowledge partners. Discuss pre-requisites for success and ways to mitigate risks.

Join this conference to find out how the 2SCALE approach improves agri-business and food security in Africa and learn how your business or organization can gain from the experience. For more information read the ‘concept note‘.


Register!

Register here to join the event!


Program

Download the program.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 June 2015 at 05:29

Impact Investor Mapping Report

As part of an ongoing assignment for Oxfam Novib Impact Investments (ONII), BSpace(U) Ltd, conducted a scan of the Impact Investments Space. Several interesting findings most notable of which was the disproportionately high need for financing for amounts at or below the $100k threshold; however of the close to 13 impact and venture capital firms present in Uganda, only 3 are offering finance within this threshold. 

Why would such funds not be availing finance in line with the demand out there? Does it have to do with admin costs associated with managing several small investments? Or is it that small sized investments are just too risky and unattractive?  And if so, then how can this be addressed to make impact finance more relevant to SME needs in Uganda? 

Attached the Scan report


Lisette van Benthum Dear Stanley, Thank you for posting the Report and possing your question about why there is limited access to smaller loans for agriculture in Uganda. Working on access to finance in general, not specifically Uganda, I would say that most likely the high administrative costs per small loan, hence a small interest revenu, is an important reason for many banks not to enter into this field. A solution could be to find a way admin costs can be reduced, while serving clients with small loans. Any suggestions? Producer organizations as intermediairy? MFI's as intermediary?

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