Want to include smallholder farmers in development models? Align interests

IGD’s Mima Nedelcovych: Manufacturing investments are investments in communities.

Productive and successful business relationships have to create mutual benefits for all actors in the value chain if they are going to be successful and sustainable.

The situation is no different when it comes to investments in agriculture that seek to draw smallholder farmers into development models.

Devex senior reporter Michael Igoe asked Mima Nedelcovych, president and CEO of the Initiative for Global Development, about the lessons he has learned facilitating large-scale agriculture investments in Africa “so both sides win.”

Nedelcovych shared his thoughts on why preparation “on the front end” is absolutely crucial for any type of public-private partnership to work and — even more importantly — to bring local communities on board.

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