Partnership boosting private sector engagement for agricultural development

The Small Farmers, Big Business Partnership was founded by development practitioners Europe-Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Liaison Committee (COLEACP), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (GIZ), SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to contribute to sustainable development, poverty alleviation, and improved food & nutrition security through agricultural and food sector growth in developing economies.

At the European Development Days in Brussels this year, the partnership hosted a Practical Lab exploring these issues: Value chains for value gains – Engaging the private sector in sustainable agriculture and agribusiness. The highlights and a podcast from the event can be found here.

Sustainable and inclusive agricultural value chains are essential to food and nutrition security, resilience, poverty alleviation and economic green growth. For this, there is a need to re-think relationships between stakeholders along supply chains in order to ensure a world that can feed itself.

The Small Farmers Big Business (SFBB) Partnership’s common vision is that sustainable development must go hand in hand with the engagement of the private sector: encouraging Public/Private Partnerships in smallholder agricultural development and raising the capacities of private entrepreneurs, including commercial and smallholder farmers, to meet the increasingly complex requirements of domestic, regional, and international markets.