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This database contains a diverse range of more than 2,000 publications about inclusive business and relating topics, such as impact investing, microfinance and market systems approaches. You will find not only reports but also market intelligence, case studies, tools and videos that touch upon of several sectors and regions.

The diverse range of publications in this database all relate to inclusive business - meaning business models that engage base of the pyramid (BoP) consumers, suppliers, entrepreneurs and/or employees in low income and/or emerging markets.

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While the struggle of rural communities to access quality health services has long been a critical issue, the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the essential role that electricity plays in rural health care facilities. Against this emergency background, DRE solutions offer a clean and cheap opportunity to electrify rural health care facilities. Showcasing 16 case studies from ARE Members, this publication aims to demonstrate the ability of DRE solutions to quickly deliver sustainable, reliable power to rural health care facilities and to serve as inspiration for new DRE projects.

PublisherAlliance for Rural Electrification
Publish Date
AuthorA. Soler, D. Lecoque, J. Jæger
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
SectorEnergy
No

Food and nutrition security remain at the top of development priorities in low income countries. This is especially the case for smallholder farmers who derive their livelihood from agriculture yet are often the most deprived. Inclusive agribusinesses have been championed as a key strategy to address local constraints that limit smallholders’ participation in regional and global value chains, thereby enhancing their livelihood, and food and nutrition security, accordingly. This paper explores the potential food and security contribution of inclusive agribusiness in Makueni county, Kenya. It focus on the smallholders’ constraints and needs, exploring the extent to which these are addressed by such purported pro-poor approach.

PublisherSustainability
Publish Date
AuthorA.C.M.G. van Westen, E. Mangnus, J. Wangu
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
No

The authors aim to catalyze a competitive marketplace of companies providing smallholder farmers with a choice of affordable, inclusive and high-quality services. For this they are building a common understanding of the key barriers and opportunities for providing smallholders tailored, high-quality services at scale, coupled with advice, technical assistance and de-risking finance to pilot new business models and partnerships.

PublisherFarmfit IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative
Publish Date
AuthorB. Isenberg, J. Bolton, O. Baruffa, W. Okolo, W. van Monsjou
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
No

Commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, this report presents an analysis of four smallholder support programmes in South Africa.

PublisherNetherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)
Publish Date
AuthorW. Chamberlain
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
No

The aim of this report is to identify how commercial businesses can generate employment opportunities in rural areas through inclusive business models.

PublisherTrade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
Publish Date
AuthorW. Chamberlain
LanguageEnglish
No

Commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, this report presents a practically oriented Theory of Change to develop business models for successful and sustainable smallholder integration into commercial value chains.

PublisherNetherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)
Publish Date
AuthorW. Chamberlain
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
No

Inclusive businesses (IBs), embodying partnerships between commercial agribusinesses and smallholder farmers/low-income communities, are considered to contribute towards rural development and agricultural sector transformation. Structured as complex organizational setups consisting of, and overcoming the limitations of, standard inclusive instruments, they allow for the inclusion of smallholders and low-income communities into commercial agricultural value chains. This publication explores if the commercial sector, through IB partnerships, contributes towards the government's transformation and developmental objectives

PublisherLand
Publish Date
AuthorW. Anseeuw, W. Chamberlain
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
No

Contract farming (CF) agreements are presently being restructured to form part of more complex Inclusive Business (IB) set-ups. Additional instruments, alongside CF, are implemented to overcome the challenges of CF and to adapt to the policy environment in which the different stakeholders operate. This paper develops a theoretical framework that gives insight into how these complex entities are structured and operate in a developing country context. It finds that a high dependence by the offtaker in the first case study stimulates a higher level of commitment and investment by this stakeholder in the contract arrangement. In turn, this increases the asset specificity aspect, which then requires safeguards to ensure the smallholders adhere to the contractual agreement. A higher dependency in this particular study also resulted in a higher number of smallholders being engaged in the contract, requiring mechanisms to efficiently monitor and coordinate them.

PublisherAgrekon
Publish Date
AuthorW. Anseeuw, W. Chamberlain
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal, Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
No

Inclusive business is hailed as a win-win scenario for the development of smallholder farmers and poor communities; yet there is little insight into how these inclusive businesses work and, more importantly, for whom. This book aims for a thorough understanding of the range of inclusive businesses in agriculture by examining: the structures they implement, the actors involved, and whether they are effectively inclusive of smallholders. By offering a critical assessment of inclusive businesses overall, it allows for a better perception of what works where, and under which conditions. It provides useful insights that will benefit smallholders, agri-businesses, support groups, policy makers and investors who are willing to promote more inclusive businesses, that foster a better integration of smallholders into commercial value-chains and a more equitable and sustainable agricultural sector.

PublisherSUN PRESS
Publish Date
AuthorW. Anseeuw, W. Chamberlain
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
No

This paper is part of a series of papers on inclusive agribusiness written for the “Towards a Global Research and Learning Agenda for Inclusive Agribusiness” workshop in March 2017. This issue focuses on understanding and influencing enabling policies for Inclusive agribusiness (IAB). Despite the large number of IAB initiatives, little has been done in terms of meta-analysis regarding enabling and constraining policy factors and cross country comparison. A key issue is not just the policy settings, but also the processes and platforms by which business, policy and other actors engage to transparently work on improved enabling conditions. A knowledge and learning agenda would consequently need to look at both substantive policy issues and processes.

PublisherGlobal Donor Platform for Rural Development, Seas of Change, BEAM Exchange, Food & Business Knowledge Platform
Publish Date
AuthorJ. Woodhill
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
No