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February 20, 2018

Thoughts on Scale

When I was asked to write an introduction to this Theme, I thought initially to write about my personal experience as co-founder of Hilltribe Organics on the challenges of scaling up as a social enterprise. However, when studying the excellent blogs of this Theme and digging a bit deeper in […]
February 13, 2018
Marcos Neto at G20 GPIB / IBAN Policy Dialogue "Alleviating Poverty Through Inclusive Business". 
Photo: Paul Hahn

Scaling inclusive business: Something that not just concerns the entrepreneur, but everyone

In this interview, we talked to Marcos Athias Neto, the Director of the Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development of the United nations Development Programme (UNDP) how to tackle the most difficult challenge of reaching scale. What is your opinion on scale? First of all, I think reaching […]
February 9, 2018

The Do’s and Don’ts of scaling in West Africa: Ignitia’s story

Ignitia is the world’s first highly accurate weather forecasting company. We developed a weather model tailored for the tropics that creates GPS-specific forecasts that are twice as accurate as existing models. We send these to farmers via a simple SMS so they can make better farming decisions and increase yield. […]
February 9, 2018

Always have a plan A, B and C

I am a serial social entrepreneur, a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, Christian and proud African woman. I am actively engaged in Africa’s agribusiness sector through my roles as the co-founder of AACE Foods and Sahel Capital Partners & Advisory Ltd. I strongly believe that the African agricultural sector is […]
February 9, 2018

An entrepreneur’s journey of growing a waste and recycling business in Ghana

In the Nineties, Jürgen Meinel, a former employee of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and KfW, founded the first recycling company in Ghana. Almost twenty years later, Jürgen and the ‘City Waste Group’ provide income opportunities for almost 600 people. In this interview, he tells us about his […]
February 8, 2018

Being passionate about improving the lives of the very poor and firmly believing that private companies can be change agents is what is most crucial to scaling an inclusive business.

Interview with Dr Dilip N. Kulkarni, President of the Agricultural Food Division and Sustainable Agriculture at Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd, Jalgaon, India Kindly tell us a little bit about yourself and what motivated you to join your field of work. I am an academic – an ex-Professor and Dean from […]
February 7, 2018

Build an Environmentally Inclusive Business

Build an Environmentally Inclusive Business In order to be successful, businesses must adjust their practices to meet the changing needs of the public. This can be through philanthropy and social enterprise or by taking steps to promote political change. One of the most urgent crises facing the world is the impact businesses […]
February 7, 2018

To scale your business in a sustainable manner, don’t try to be what you are not in order to appease other people outside of your business.

Interview with Will Coetsee, Managing Director of Botanica Natural Products, on the meaning of scale and the lessons learned over time on how to organically grow a business in rural Africa. What motivated you to join your field of work and why did you decide to become an entrepreneur? I […]
February 7, 2018

To fight malnutrition, we need to understand agri-food value chains

By Mar Maestre, Institute of Development Studies The number of chronically undernourished people in the world is estimated to have increased from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016 (pdf), thus bucking recent trends towards better global food security and nutrition, according to the latest Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) […]
February 6, 2018

Does Scale Matter?

Does scale matter? Yes, it does. Because the question is, how will all the 9 billion people in the world of 2030 obtain safe and good food? The scale of that challenge or opportunity is vast. Therefore, the response should be in equal measure. This blog is the first in […]