(3) Fiona Lynn (Australia’s Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade) elaborated on the challenges of M&E for inclusive agribusiness through two of their funded programmes: “Market Development Facilitation Programme” and “Grow Asia”. The former takes place in 5 countries in Southeast Asia (includes Fiji, East Timor, Sri Lanka, Indonesia) since 2012. It works with national companies to improve their supply chains by a better link to small-scale producers, particularly in value chains where poor people engage. Despite good results in understanding the linkages between value chain actors, according to the results measurement standards set out by Development Committee on Enterprise Development (DCED) (see the section "Links" below), the project actually shows only a small amount of jobs created (ca. 1000 formal jobs) compared to the resources already invested (around 40 USD million).
Grow Asia, on the other hand, focuses less on understanding the value chain, but more on convening the relevant actors. It is a network under the World Economic Forum aimed at bringing the private and public sector together to talk about problems in value chains. While they are able to reach out to larger number of beneficiaries, it is difficult to attribute impact at the level of small farmers and SMEs.