At first glance, value chain partnerships between corporations and small enterprises in developing markets appear to benefit both parties: Corporations gain financially while creating social and economic benefits for low-income communities. On closer inspection, however, these partnerships' results can vary. The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership and Intellecap have learned lessons from serving as intermediaries in these relationships. James Jenkin and Lindsay Clinton address the most common questions from organizations hoping to build similar partnerships.
- agriculture, ANDE, business development, Clinton Foundation, corporate engagement, corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship, farming, global value chains, multinational corporation, partnerships, small business, smallholder farmers, social business, social enterprise, social entrepreneuership, social entrepreneurship, social impact, supply chains
Joseph Nkandu grew up on a coffee farm in Uganda and knows firsthand how farmers struggle to earn a living. While agriculture dominates Africa's economy, value chains largely exclude farmers from much of the retail value of their produce - a system that keeps many coffee farmers from generating savings and reinvesting to improve their yields. Nkandu founded the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises, where he advocates a "farmer ownership model." That model, he writes, is ready to scale.
After speaking to hundreds of low-income farmers in Nepal, India and Myanmar, Aditi Seshadri learned some basic truths about the challenges they face, the importance of their work - and the outsize value of interventions aimed at supporting them. She explores the reasons why a focus on farmers can maximize a social enterprise's impact.
An Indian technology-led business delegation, India-Rwanda Innovation Growth Programme (IRIGP), has announced that up to 500 Indian firms will be interlinked with local start-ups as they set up shop in the country.
- Sub-Saharan Africa
Global value chains provide opportunities for developing countries to diversify their exports and intensify their integration into the global economy. This is one of the key findings of the “Global Value Chain Development Report” recently published by the World Trade Organization (WTO), World Bank, and other partners.