Josephine Okot - Managing Director, Victoria Seeds Ltd
Howard Shapiro - Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars, Incorporated
Steve Wiggins - Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute
Martin Evans - Chairman, Farm Africa
Mark Tran - Journalist, Guardian Global Development
This ODI and Agriculture for Impact event will launch two new publications which review such experiences, and aim to distil good practice.
I) Leaping and Learning: Linking Smallholders to Markets is a comprehensive review of the existing literature on smallholder-centred market-based interventions.
II) A briefing paper, “8 Views for the G8: Business Solutions for African Smallholder farmers to Address Food Security and Undernutrition”, asks eight leading development practitioners to reflect on their market-based work with African farmers and their recommendations for future action and support.
A key challenge for agricultural development is how to link small-scale, family farmers to providers of financial services, inputs, technical advice and marketing; thereby allowing smallholders to innovate, invest and enjoy better livelihoods. Many government agencies, non-governmental organisations, and private firms are working to facilitate such links. But there is much to learn.
This public event will be followed by a reception from