News from the Private Sector

Honey Care Africa, a Kenyan honey producer, partners with small-scale farmers

Honey Care Africa has proved to be an innovative and rapidly expanding Kenyan enterprise established expressly to increase the income of rural farmers. Through its “Money for Honey” programme, which trains farmers in commercial beekeeping and then buys their honey at a guaranteed price, Honey Care Africa has doubled the income of several thousand small-scale farmers...

Piloting a new assessment tool in Ivory Coast with IFC

The SCOPE Basic is a rapid assessment tool based on the SCOPE theory of assessment that uncovers the strengths and weaknesses of producer organizations (POs) in agriculture and related sectors in a standardized and comparable manner. It is a second-party tool that allows training providers to focus their efforts on where they are needed most, and to benchmark the results.

IFC and SCOPEinsight join expertise to develop a new assessment tool

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and SCOPEinsight signed an agreement to co-develop and launch SCOPE Basic, a new tool that assesses the level of professionalization of farmer groups.

IFAD and Unilever sign first global public-private partnership agreement

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and leading global consumer goods company Unilever today (Feb 20th, 2014) signed a public-private partnership agreement aimed at helping to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers around the world...

IFC approves US$120 million loan for Olam to expand food processing and opportunities for small-scale farmers

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Olam International, a global integrated supply chain manager and processor of agricultural products, have signed a five-year US$120 million loan agreement to finance upgrades and expansion of five food processing facilities in Nigeria and India.

How to support smallholder farmers throughout the world by Bayer CropScience

We are often confronted with very contrasting visions based on national situations and trajectories. But smallholding offers great opportunities for sustainable intensification. Therefore, the main challenge is a better understanding of what smallholders need.

Cargill celebrates five years in Ghana and renews its partnership with CARE to support sustainable cocoa

Cargill has celebrated the fifth anniversary of its cocoa processing operations in Ghana by reaffirming its support to growing and developing the country’s cocoa sector. As part of its continued commitment to sustainable cocoa through the Cargill Cocoa Promise, the company has announced the renewal...

Latest Publications

The Solution to the Global Food Crisis Just Might Come from Nigeria

In one of West Africa's most turbulent countries, HBS alumni entrepreneurs are harnessing the extraordinary power of subsistence farmers. Can they kick-start a green revolution?

Smallholders in Value Chains: Evidence on Scale, Productivity, and Benefits (Event Resources)

Inclusive growth has strong appeal in agriculture, where smallholder-led development strategies can lead to structural transformation that increases productivity, incomes, and food security in rural areas.

Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives - Smallholders and inclusive businees opportunities in palm oil

Multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) are seen as potentially powerful institutions filling the governance gap that exists around complex sustainability issues. Voluntary initiatives across an entire sector can change policies and practices, and attitudes and beliefs of companies.

What do we really know about the number and distribution of farms and family farms around the world?

The agricultural economics literature provides various estimates of the number of farms and small farms in the world. This paper is an effort to provide a more complete and up to date as well as carefully documented estimate of the total number of farms in the world, as well as by region and level of income.

The Business of Agricultural Business Services

Market liberalization, globalization, rapid urbanization, rising incomes and changing diets… they are all changing agriculture at an unprecedented speed and in diverse ways. They are creating new markets, stimulating demand for high-value products, and making it possible for farmers to produce food and other products for the market.