Rome, 14 Aug 2015. For Brian the Platform had always recognised the necessity to do both knowledge exchange and advocacy. The Platform added value to the networking of knowledge, but it had become clear over the years that it needed to go into detail on particular topics. As the international community moves into the climate meetings in Paris, someone needs to highlight again that agriculture is not only part of the problem, but also very much part of the solution to climate adaptation and climate mitigation. If the Platform is able to produce in the lead-up to the Paris Meeting small pieces that advocate for outputs, that stress the role of agriculture in supporting the climate agenda, it would be very welcome.

Ho Chi Minh City, 12 Aug 2015. Southeast Asia is one of the world’s fastest growing regions, where the agricultural sector is of key importance. Unlocking the economic power of Southeast Asia’s smallholder farmers and local agri-food entrepreneurs has become crucial to keep the development pace and secure food and nutrition to the region’s poor. That is the key topic of the Inclusive Agribusiness Roundtable in Southeast Asia. The event will take place will take place 23 and 24 September 2015, in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam and identifies successful inclusive business strategies and models.

Frankfurt, 10 Aug 2015. Mark Cackler said that the most optimal way to start is with focusing on facilitating investments at farmer level, actually working through the communities. Since this was a very basic level, the question needed to be addressed where the technologies came from. Secondly more and better investments in basic agricultural research, especially crops and cropping systems were of greatest interest to poor farmers in poor countries.

Rome, 7 Aug 2015. The paper, financed under the FAO/World Bank Cooperative Programme, introduces the conceptual framework for the promotion of the commercialization of agriculture through the use of collaborative business models, thus providing an alternative to large-scale acquisitions as well as opportunities for smallholder farmers.

Bonn, 6 Aug 2015. This guide is aimed at helping companies interested in developing business relationships with smallholders. It provides a framework that identifies common challenges, highlights solutions and shows how these can be implemented through cooperation at different levels. In this way, the guide aims to support company representatives engaging in inclusive agribusiness practices with practical tools and a comprehensive overview of potential solutions and collaborative approaches. Practitioners from development agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), intermediaries and other organizations working to develop and support inclusive agribusiness will also find useful insights here.

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