Are you trying to envision an agribusiness that offers its participants something beyond a simple sell-buy relationship? Do you want to do good business, but also be in the business of doing good? Are you struggling to practically combine organizational objectives with social ones? These questions are core to the world of inclusive agribusiness.
Optimising agrifood supply chains to deliver business and social value
Integrating business and social value
Threats and opportunities similarly challenge businesses to re-think the status quo of their operations. Rising demand for agrifood products, combined with strains on water, land, and labour, stress the growing urgency of securing supply. Simultaneously, growing populations and developments around the world are opening up major new markets. Gaining a foothold in these arenas requires firms to demonstrate a reputation for reliable, high-quality products.
As the world witnesses a shifting business landscape, however, old, unresolved problems scream out for attention. Poverty remains a devastating, cyclical trap for millions, with rural populations adversely affected. Food security is still an elusive goal for over 1 billion of the Earth’s inhabitants. Further, events like Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution assert once more how important accessible, affordable food is for stability and peace.
Merging these business and social priorities requires ambition, strength of will, and a dedication to “business as unusual”. This course will help you understand the fundamentals of inlcusive agribusiness, how you can get started, and strategies to achieve success.
What you will gain
During three cycles of concept-learning and applications to your own and other cases, you will be able to:
- Recall definitions of inclusive business models
- Explain the theory behind evaluations of inclusive business models (trading relationship) in supply chains
- Develop strategies to set up inclusive supply chains or enhance inclusiveness in existing supply chains
- Establish effective and efficient monitoring systems to sustainably measure success
The backbone of the course is the LINK Methodology, a tried-and-tested approach to create new, more inclusive business models.
Is this for you?
This course is intended for those working with smallholders in agricultural supply chains seeking to create and/or support inclusive businesses. We are targeting people who can directly apply what they have learnt in their professional situation. The program is limited to 25 participants.