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Leaping and learning: linking smallholders to markets

Date
Time (GMT +01) 16:30 18:00
Hero image description: Medina market Image credit:Liz Wilson Image license:ODI given rights

Speakers:
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

Media Moderator:
Mark Tran
- Journalist, Guardian Global Development

Description

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

6:00-7:30pm.