Get connected: Bringing business services to agriculture's 'missing middle'

Devex reporter Michael Igoe talks with Patrick Norrell, ‎director of the agriculture and economic growth sector at Tetra Tech

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?

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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  • Michael Igoe

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.

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