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Inclusive business at scale: What are the solutions to overcome internal barriers?

Wbcsd inclusive business scale barriers solutions Companies of all sizes are actively testing and rolling out inclusive business models, but relatively few of them have achieved their full potential of improving livelihoods and companies’ economic bottom line.

What are the solutions that can help companies scale up inclusive business ventures?…


Added by Filippo Veglio on March 25, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Level the playing field...and now

This article was first published in leading Indian business magazine Outlook's special issue on Women's Day. Join conversations about inclusive opportunities at the Global Sankalp Summit from Apr 9-10 in New Delhi, India. Sign up here.…


Added by Aparajita Agrawal on March 24, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Olam: a company that knows how to partner smallholder farmers

Olam have recently published their 2014 Corporate Responsibility & Sociability report, Connectivity in the Landscape.  This is a very accessible and well presented survey, and well worth a look.

The company benefits 3.9 million smallholder farmers through its procurement, outgrower programmes and investment in related infrastructure.  These…


Added by Tom Harrison on March 24, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Creating inclusive value chains in plastic waste management is paramount for a green economy

The role of waste management in achieving a green economy

For a long time, wa ste management and recycling were primarily discussed in the context of environmental preservation. However with natural resources becoming scarcer and prices of raw materials increasing, it is no surprise that materials…


Added by Amelie Heuer on March 18, 2015 at 16:49 — 1 Comment

Accelerating the impact of private sector investment into African agriculture: Progress on the ground

Since its inception in 2011, Grow Africa has established itself as a trusted platform for increasing responsible, sustainable and inclusive  private sector investment in African agriculture.

A Progress Report, detailing Grow Africa's work, focuses on specific projects on the ground.

Grow Africa’s initial focus was on attracting investment into…


Added by Frances Bell on March 11, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Editor's Choice, March 2015: Growing Prosperity: Developing Repeatable Models to Scale the Adoption

I was very happy when Caroline Ashley asked me to guest edit the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business that agribusiness is the first theme I am involved with. Having spent the first 

part of my career helping parts of the tea industry in East and Central Africa to get back on its feet following some difficult…


Added by Tom Harrison on March 10, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Agribusiness IB initiatives: similarities between consumer and producer models.

Last year I contributed to the review of the Business Call to Action that was published as the BCtA Flagship Report 2014 - Breaking through: Inclusive business and the Business Call to Action today.

I looked at the companies that had made commitments in agriculture and agribusiness, for one of the seven key sectors in which BCtA signatories…


Added by Tom Harrison on March 10, 2015 at 17:25 — No Comments

Inclusive Business: an opportunity for unexplored growth in the Mexican Agricultural sector

In the near future, the world faces a threatening increase in the demand for food. It is envisioned that by 2030, 50% of more food will be needed than what is produced today. Therefore, assuring and diversifying stable supply lines is a priority for large businesses.

In Mexico, there are more than 20 million smallholder farmers disconnected from formal markets. Even though, the majority cannot produce enough to fulfill the quantitative commercial requirements, some have found…


Added by Jenny Melo on March 10, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

Interview with Stuart Hart

“You need people who believe that inclusive business is not only good for the world but that it provides opportunities to their company.”…


Added by Irmgard Jansen on March 10, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

The how and why of agricultural partnerships for Yara Tanzania

For smallholders in Tanzania, crop productivity is quite low. One major reason is poor adoption of quality inputs (seeds, fertilizer).  82% of the smallholders do not use fertilizer due to lack of knowledge on it benefits, lack of financial capacity to buy fertilizer or otherwise non-availability. Here at Yara Tanzania we want to change that, and support smallholders to transition to more profitable and sustainable farming. In this, my first blog, I want to explain something of how we do…


Added by William on March 10, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Sambazon Açai: Using Business to Create Positive Socio-Economic Change

By Ryan Black, CEO

In November 2011, the U.S.-based food company Sustainable Management of the Brazilian Amazon (Sambazon) joined the Business Call to Action with a commitment to train indigenous communities in the Amazon estuary region on sustainable harvesting of the…


Added by Tatiana Bessarabova on March 9, 2015 at 18:04 — 1 Comment

Business Call to Action Agribusiness and the Smallholder Farmer

Did you know that smallholder farmers produce about half of the food required to feed the world’s current population? Yet agricultural production in developing countries is characterized by very low productivity. Increasing this productivity is essential for global food security, poverty reduction, job creation and economic growth. Many of our…


Added by Tatiana Bessarabova on March 9, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Benefits of fresh and pressed garlic for healthy living

Farm fresh garlic is recommended herb to purify your blood and also improves overall digestive system of body. The best time for planting garlic is October or November and February also works equally well. The herb is so much popular that it is available throughout the year. We cannot call it as seasoning food product. Method of planting garlic is also very simple.…


Added by Mr.Ramnikbhai P. Vaghasiya on March 9, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

SPRING Accelerator in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda - Last week to apply

Its the last week to apply (by March 16 2015) to the SPRING Accelerator, based in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda this year.

SPRING is a new project from the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), Nike Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). SPRING will accelerate…


Added by Suzanne Biegel on March 9, 2015 at 10:10 — No Comments

ADB's Inclusive Business Definition

28 February 2015

Inclusive Business Definition of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)[1]

By: Dr. Armin Bauer, Principal Economist and coordinator of the Inclusive Business initiative in the ADB


Why Asia needs IB: While the private sector has been a key contributor to the economic boom in Asia, it has yet to fully realize its potential in making the growth in the region more inclusive and…


Added by Armin BAUER on March 9, 2015 at 1:34 — No Comments

new innovation in financial development


The most challenge in financial development worldwide is management of income. some people live with debt and other fear to use loan. Debt is bad but loan is good. the challenge is to use our money effectively. Poor people do not have chance to learn how to use their income effectively. Money is not  taken into consideration in our current education system seriously but money is needed in everything. we provide support to low income people but we do not teach them how to manage it…


Added by ntamazeze janviere on March 7, 2015 at 6:00 — No Comments

ASME ISHOW: A Global Competition for Hardware Led Social Innovation

Trying to take physical products to market?

The ASME ISHOW, a global competition for hardware led social innovation, is accepting applications (close March 15th) to win a share of $500K in prizes and access to a design & engineering review delivered by industry experts.



Added by Paul Scott on March 5, 2015 at 22:30 — No Comments

From Idea to Action: How Far We’ve Come in Catalyzing Smallholder Finance

If you work in inclusive business, you see a lot of big numbers. Trillions of dollars in demand…billions in required investment.  The sheer size of the population at the base of the pyramid drives those numbers.  And while these big numbers can help raise awareness around issues that might otherwise fly under the radar, it is what you do to realize the opportunity in those numbers that…


Added by Thomas Carroll on March 5, 2015 at 20:45 — No Comments

Looking for supreme quality gear pumps in USA for your industries?

A gear pump basically uses two meshing toothed cogs to force water from the inlet of the pump through to the vent. It uses inter meshing gears to push a variety of liquids. Usually, one gear is the driver while the other is free-wheeling. The gears have very firm…


Added by Mr. Vijay Shekhavat on March 5, 2015 at 4:30 — No Comments

The 'Inclusive Business' of Agriculture Mobile Money

Agriculture is the most significant sector in rural areas and provides livelihood for 70% of the worlds poor.  Further, there are 500 million smallholder farming families that grow and harvest 70%+ of worldwide food production. A longtime, nagging issue for agricultural finance has been how to cost…


Added by Lee H. Babcock on March 3, 2015 at 21:00 — No Comments

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