This report summarises the findings from the first phase of the ‘From Islands of Success to Seas of Change’ learning initiative on scaling inclusive agri-food markets. The initiative aims to improve understanding of how agri-food markets can contribute, at a significant scale, to food security and rural poverty reduction while still building profitable commercial relations. In April 2012, the Seas of Change international learning workshop brought together 100 leaders from business, development organisations, government, farmers organisations and research for a dynamic and frank exchange of experiences, innovations and questions. A series of background research studies provided a rich backdrop for the discussions.
‘Inclusive business’, especially in the agri-food sector, has become a hot topic for the private sector and development organisations. Sustainably feeding nine billion people, ensuring food and nutrition security, tackling poverty and inequality, and being resilient to climate change all hinge, in some way, on creating more inclusive ways of doing business. While numerous examples of inclusive agri-food business and sustainable value chains have emerged over the last decade, do these efforts remain ‘islands of success’? Which ‘islands’ can generate a ‘sea of change’? The question of our times is how to make change at scale possible and, given the urgency of growing crises, how to do so quickly.
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