NEXT SMALLHOLDER WORKING GROUP CALL: THE ROLE OF COMPANIES IN SUPPORTING INCOME RESILIENCE FOR SMALLHOLDERS

Published by: Grow Africa Secretariat

Time: 1pm London/ 4pm Nairobi: Thursday 9th March 2017

Background

Progressive agribusinesses are increasingly recognising that income resilience for smallholders is a pre-requisite for a sustained productivity improvements and a secure and inclusive value chain. 

To date, many off-takers have understandably focussed on improving the productivity of smallholders in relation to their primary cash crop. For the smallholders, focussing on a single crop carries risks relating to profitability, cash flow, and food security. Without security of income and food, the smallholders manage these risks in ways that compromise value chain efficiency for the off-takers e.g. cautious on-farm investment, side-selling. This also means that smallholder profitability often fails to raise, despite some incremental gains to productivity.

For companies, addressing smallholder income resilience is new territory, so Grow Africa and AGRA are convening the Smallholder Working Group to ask how companies can support income resilience for smallholders. We will explore strategies such as crop diversification and agnostic service delivery models. Phillip Kajwang of Transu Ltd will offer compelling insights from his successful aggregation business in Kenya. 

Please join us to learn and share.

Participants

All welcome. Target audience is companies and their partners who engage commercially with African smallholders. Please promote this event via your networks. Email ian.randall@growafrica.com to confirm your interest.

Call-in details

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/473509726

Or Telephone: US +1 408 638 0968; UK +44 (0) 20 3695 0088; South Africa +27 87 551 7702; Germany +49 (0) 30 3080 6188; Switzerland +41 (0) 31 528 0988; Netherlands +31 (0) 20 241 0288. Other international numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=N6P7yecwGK0OrxUnlqwBPsEDscejOeFL

Meeting ID: 473 509 726 

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