New business models for sustainable trade

Project
Archived
2008 - 2012

Millions of farmers in Africa depend on export markets for their livelihoods, but small farmers were missing out on this market.

While market trends had led to declining small farmer participation, these farmers had the skill and soil to provide the high-quality products sought by the food industry.

What IIED did

This collaborative initiative engaged with research, civil society and private sector partners to develop new business models across a variety of sectors that would enable smallholders to participate in sustainable trading relationships with international businesses and thereby improve their livelihoods.

The project also produced a practical toolkit to help facilitators of market linkage work understand conceptual frameworks, cases and practical processes for linking small scale producers to modern markets.

Publications

Fine flavor cocoa in Ghana: reaching high value markets, Stephanie Daniels, Peter Lauderach, Melissa Paschall (2012), IIED Report

Certified cocoa: scaling up farmer participation in West Africa, Melissa Paschall, Don Seville (2012), IIED Report

Dried beans in Ethiopia: food security through trade, Shaun Ferris, Melissa Paschall, Don Seville (2012), IIED Report

The ethical agent: fresh flowers in Kenya, Abbi Buxton, Bill Vorley (2012), IIED Report

Measuring fairness in supply chain trading relationships: a methodology guide, Andrew Fearne, David Yawson, Abbi Buxton, Justin Tait (2012), IIED/Oxfam/Kent Business School/Unilever Report

Survey instruments tool, Andrew Fearne, David Yawson, Abbi Buxton, Justin Tait (2012), IIED/Oxfam/Kent Business School/Unilever Toolkit

Information and communication technologies, Shaun Ferris (2012),  IIED, Sustainable Food Laboratory Report

Branding agricultural commodities: the development case for adding value through branding, Chris Docherty, (2012)  IIED, Sustainable Food Laboratory Report

Branding agricultural commodities: the development case for adding value through branding – summary paper, Chris Docherty, (2012)  IIED, Sustainable Food Laboratory Briefing

Sourcing gender: gender productivity and sustainable sourcing strategies, Anoushka Boodhna (2011), IIED, SFL Report

Sourcing gender: gender productivity and sustainable sourcing strategies – summary paper, Anoushka Boodhna (2011), IIED, SFL Briefing

Under what conditions are value chains effective tools for pro-poor development, Don Seville, Abbi Buxton, Bill Vorley (2011), IIED, SFL Report

Under what conditions are value chains effective tools for pro-poor development – summary paper,  Don Seville, Abbi Buxton, Bill Vorley (2011), IIED, SFL Briefing

Commodity exchanges and smallholders in Africa, Peter Robbins (2011), IIED, SFL Report

Commodity exchanges and smallholders in Africa – summary paper, Peter Robbins (2011), IIED, SFL Briefing

New business models for sustainable trade, Don Seville (2008), Sustainable Food Lab Project flyer

Business models that are inclusive of small farmers, Bill Vorley, Mark Lundy, James MacGregor (2008), IIED Report