What does it take to connect bottom-of-the-pyramid farmers to commercial agricultural supply chains that can bridge the gap between living day-to-day and growing a sustainable business?
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In many cases, it requires more attention to the “missing middle,” the small and medium-size enterprises who struggle to thrive and struggle to access sufficient business services in many parts of the developing world, according to Patrick Norrell, director of the agriculture and economic growth sector at Tetra Tech.
Norrell spoke to Devex about how international donors have shifted their mindsets to emphasize private sector growth at the bottom of the pyramid and how implementing partners have had to adjust their thinking to reflect that shift.
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