WEBINAR: 13.30-15.00 GMT. Innovation Accelerator: How to build resilient smallholder supply chains and drive systemic change for rural communities

16 December 2020. 13.30-15.00 GMT. Innovation Accelerator: How to build resilient smallholder supply chains and drive systemic change for rural communities

This webinar will launch the initial findings of the research which has explored a wide range of supply chains, including cotton, fruit and vegetables, dairy, coffee, soya, palm and maize. As well as bringing together cross-sector experience, the project sought insights from political science and development economics to explore the wider societal dynamics of communities and countries in which supply chains exist. Innovation Accelerator was formed thanks to the support of The Clinton Foundation, COLEACP, CottonConnect, GIZ, Golden Agri-Resources and Nestlé.
A panel of working group members will then explore some of the key issues in more detail, including: 
  • How societal norms affect how best to work with smallholder communities 
  • Do employees and intermediaries in smallholder supply chains earn a living income and work in safe environments? 
  • Is smallholder farming viable in the longer term, or do we need to explore other structures for rural agricultural communities? 
  • What prevents host governments from providing coherent policy frameworks for agriculture, and how can we develop effective extension services? 
Speakers:
  • the project lead, Dr Peter Stanbury will lay out the conclusions of the research to date, questions which have emerged, and the practical next steps. 
  • Ariana Constant, director, Clinton Development Initiative 
  • Alison Ward, CEO, Cotton Connect 
  • Anita Neville, SVP, group corporate communications, Golden Agri-Resources 
  • Thilo Liedlbauer, advisor, sustainable agricultural supply chains and standards programme, GIZ 
  • Yann Wyss, senior manager, social impact, Nestlé 

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