24 April 2014. Rome, Italy. IFAD organised a technical workshop to share some of IFAD’s and our partner’s experiences in developing partnerships between smallholder farmers and private sector investors and in particular some of the implications for land and natural resource rights.
During the workshop a range of business models that are being used by IFAD to structure agricultural investments in lower- and middle-income countries were showcased at the workshop. The following five experiences were presented and revealed what has worked – and what has not – in inclusive business models currently in practice:
- commercial oil palm farming in Uganda;
- integrating smallholder farmers in Swaziland’s sugar industry;
- building farmer’s income and safety nets while securing the local energy supply in Burkina Faso and Mali;
- organic and Fairtrade cocoa production in São Tomé; and,
- smallholder tea production in Rwanda.