Inclusive Trade Scan: making trade measures more inclusive

The Inclusive Trade Scan is a tool to help anyone working on or with a new agribusiness initiative think about how it includes and affects those involved: workers, farmers, different consumer groups, traders, and others. It is particularly relevant for governments and donors developing trade measures and aid-oriented initiatives. (International) NGOs and companies can use it to identify what market conditions to try to influence on for greater inclusion.

The scan summarizes what inclusiveness means, in terms of who is involved and how, and what the effect is. The connection is then made to agricultural trade at three levels – individual business, value chains and trade environment and how they interact. Understanding the link with the trade environment more clear makes it possible to be tackled more deliberately.

4 steps of the Inclusive Trade Scan

In four steps the Inclusive Trade Scan helps the user assess the inclusiveness of their initiatives, investments or projects in terms of the process followed and the outcomes expected. The scan can be used by multiple partners in an initiative, to set joint priorities that will enhance the inclusiveness of their agriculture trade (environment).

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Inclusive Trade Scan: process questions

From Aid to Trade

The scan was developed as part of the 3R (robust, reliable, resilient) – from Aid to Trade project that started in 2017. 3R is a 3.5 years initiative implemented by Wageningen University & Research, in the Netherlands in collaboration with various Kenya partner institutions and funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kenya.


Please feel free to share and use this Inclusive Trade Scan in any way appropriate. We would greatly appreciate any feedback on your experiences: how easy or difficult you found it, how it did or didn’t help you, what you might change.

Send your experiences or questions to Joost Guijt or Monika Sopov: