Value Chains

Grameen Foundation: Community Knowledge Worker Uganda Program

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The Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) initiative was launched by Grameen Foundation and its partners in Uganda in 2009 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Today, it serves more than 300,000 farmers in remote communities through a network of more than 1,100 peer advisors.

The initiative combines mobile technology and human networks to help smallholder farmers get accurate, timely information to improve their businesses and livelihoods.

Dynamics of Rural Innovation - a primer for emerging professionals

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Authors: Pyburn, R. & Woodhill, J. (eds.)
Publication date: 2014

Dynamics of Rural Innovation – a primer for emerging professionals is a co-publication of KIT and Wageningen University’s Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) that brings together the experiences of over 40 conceptual thinkers and development practitioners to articulate lessons on agricultural innovation processes and social learning.

Multi-Stakeholder Sustainability Alliances in Agri-Food Chains: A Framework for Multi-Disciplinary Research

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Authors: Dentoni, D. & Peterson, C.
Publication date: 2011 In: International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 14 (5)

This study provides a definition of Multi-Stakeholder Sustainability Alliances (MSSAs) based on describing the platforms formed and/or joined by the fifty largest food and beverage multinational corporations (MNCs).

A review of evidence, agreements, concepts and tools relating to participatory agricultural research

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Author: Blackie, M.
Publication date: 2014

This is a rapid desk based study to identify an overview of evidence, agreements, concepts and tools relating to participatory agricultural research. The review was undertaken using both peer reviewed and grey literature from the major development agencies (both multilateral and national), national and international research institutes and think tanks, and regional and subregional research organisations.

From best practice to best fit: understanding and navigating wicked problems in international development

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Authors: Ramalingam, B., Laric,M. & Primrose, J.
Publication date: 2014

This Working Paper summarises the findings of a series of small-scale pilots of selected complex systems methods in DFID’s wealth creation work. The pilots contributed to improved analysis and understanding of a range of wicked problems, and generated tangible findings that were directly utilised in corporate and programmatic decisions. 

Women’s participation in green growth – a potential fully realised?

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Author: von Hagen, M. & Willems, J.
Publication date: 2012

This study analyses opportunities and challenges for women’s participation in green growth in developing countries. The purpose of the study is threefold: 

  • to shed more light on the gender dimension of green growth, especially in the context of private sector development and thus fill a knowledge gap in the green growth discourse
  • to validate women’s contributions to green growth and sustainable private sector development
  • to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality

Leveraging the private sector to promote agriculture and natural resources-based livelihoods

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Authors: Wiggins, S. & Keats, S.
Publication date: 2014

For the benefit of Livelihoods Advisers in DFID, this Topic Guide sets out the issues arising when stimulating private investment and initiatives to the benefit of small-scale and informal farmers, fishers and herders.

FUNEDESIN case study: The Amazon Cacao Development Alliance

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Author: Goytia, C. (for The Partnering Initiative)
Publication date: 2005

This case study has been compiled as one of a series of case studies on ‘Exploring and Developing Case Studies as Tools for Change’ commissioned for the Case Study Project supported by The Partnering Initiative, Alcan Prize for Sustainability and SEED.

This case study looks at the factors that led to the Amazon Cacao Development Alliance (ACDA). The partnership is explored to provide a deep and illustrative assessment on how conservation and development issues can be dealt with through cross sector partnership work.

Inclusive business in Vietnam: SNV case studies

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This video shows several examples of SNV's inclusive business approach to support and stimulate companies to incorporate low income population in their value chain. With examples from among others the cassava, tourism and biomass sector in Vietnam, insight is offered in the practical details and outcomes of the inclusive business approach.

Private and social enterprise engagement in water and sanitation for the poor. A systematic review of current evidence

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Authors: Carrard, G.A., Murta, N. & Willetts, J. (for Enterprise in WASH)
Publication date: 2013