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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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Government, NGO, and business leaders typically see great promise for digital tools to empower smallholder value chains and make them more efficient and profitable for farmers. However, new technologies only reach scale when they are delivered within a functioning business model. By observing the full range of solutions that have been developed across the ASEAN region, Grow Asia sees startups migrating to five business models which seem to show the greatest potential in reaching smallholder farmers at scale. This report provides an overview of those five business models, namely Digital Advisory, Peer-to-Peer Lending, Traceability, Digital Marketplaces and Mechanization Platforms, and why they show the greatest promise.

PublisherGrow Asia
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AuthorP. Voutier
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySouth Asia
IB Topics: Digitalisation
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
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AuthorA.C.M.G. van Westen, E. Mangnus, J. Wangu
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
No

This case study looks at the attempt of Kirana Megatara – the largest producer of crumb rubber in Indonesia – in increasing the sustainability of rubber value chains. While the case study showcases certain good practices, it explores in particular the factors that hinder achieving positive impact at scale. This case study delivers important lessons about the centrality of (1) commercial incentives, (2) the alignment of stakeholders’ definitions of success and (3) understanding the value-adding functions in existing markets to the success of scalable and inclusive value chain projects.

PublisherGrow Asia
Publish Date
AuthorSpringfield Centre
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Indonesia
IB Topics: BoP as supplier
No

Thirteen interdisciplinary research projects were reviewed for this synthesis paper. These projects addressed a range of business processes and innovations by and for small-scale producers and entrepreneurs in the agri-business sectors in countries across sub-Saharan Africa and southeast Asia. The paper stresses that innovations supporting inclusive business are only relevant and effective for the poor and marginalized when they are applicable to a specific problem and context, affordable at low costs, and accessible to all. This Is called the Triple A: applicability, affordability and accessibility.

PublisherFood & Business Knowledge Platform
Publish Date
AuthorD. de Winter, E. Lammers, K. Minderhoud, N. Pouw
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
No

This final factsheet of GCP project “Local and International business collaboration for productivity and Quality Improvement in Dairy chains in SE Asia and East Africa (LIQUID). It provides insights into power balances in formal and informal dairy value chains as related to the inclusive development effects of milk quality improvement activities can be considered as the .

PublisherFood & Business Knowledge Platform
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa
Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania, Thailand
No

The study identified and reviewed 36 cases of inclusive business models in aquaculture value chains in low-income countries. The team analysed the economic and social upgrading objectives of each of the models and how they led to, or inhibited, developmental outcomes. 

PublisherInstitute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling, WorldFish
Publish Date
AuthorA. Kaminski, et al.
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryGlobal
No

Producer organizations (POs) provide benefits to smallholders by alleviating market access challenges. However, whether all farmers benefit from a PO is still a question. However, whether all farmers benefit from a PO is still a question. Limited evidence is available on whether POs are inclusive of poor farmers. Even if the poor join, do they participate in decision‐making? This report provides insights into decision-making structures and what factors influence power balances.

PublisherNederlandseOrganisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Publish Date
AuthorJ. Bijman, M. Mwambi, P. Mshenga
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
86

This report explores the role of different kinds of capital in bending the arc of agricultural market development towards inclusive growth. It pays particular attention to how impact-focused players deploying capital that is flexible in terms of risk-return expectations can best deploy it in order to catalyse large-scale transformations towards inclusion.

PublisherFSG in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID)
Publish Date
AuthorH. Koh, J. Thuard, L. Amaya
LanguageEnglish
No

Myanmar Agriculture Network (MAN) was set up by Grow Asia in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation of Myanmar to improve the competitiveness of the country’s agricultural sector and uplift the livelihoods of Myanmar’s farmers. This brief outlines goals and key activities of the country partnership's Working Groups.

PublisherGrow Asia
Publish Date
Author
LanguageEnglish
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Myanmar
No