This programme explored opportunities for small-scale producers in developing countries to participate in international horticultural supply chains - particularly those in the UK. The programme was a three-year collaboration between DFID, IIED and NRI.
Millions of farmers in Africa depend on export markets for their livelihoods. But recent market trends have led to declining small farmer participation. Yet, these farmers have the skill and soil to provide the high-quality products the food industry seeks. This collaborative initiative engaged with research, civil society and private sector partners to develop new business models across a variety of sectors that enable smallholders to participate in sustainable trading relationships with international businesses and thereby improve their livelihoods.