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Creating shared value in the rose supply chain

Hivos established the Women @ Work (W@W) program with the aim of promoting decent work for women who earn their living in global horticultural production chains. The program enlists the participation of Southern partners spread over Eastern Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia), with a consumer advocacy component, housed within Hivos headquarters in The Hague, aimed at promoting “...

Changing perspectives: Small-scale farmers, markets and globalization

The Knowledge Programme on ‘Small producers agency in globalised markets’ released this first Working Paper during the First Provocative Seminar and the Hivos Conference on Knowledge and Change. This paper looks at some of the big dilemmas confronting small-scale producers. It revisits five decades of changes in policies, behavior and practices and highlights some areas of debate that have...

How our means are undermining our goals: What a Hollywood movie can teach us about agriculture

If you've seen the film Speed you will remember the conundrum that Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves find themselves in when they discover a bomb underneath a bus. As soon as the speed of the bus drops below 50mph, the bomb will explode, so our heroes resort to driving around in circles. But the petrol tank is running dry... The only solution is to get out! This represents the dilemma we face in...

Biodiversity business from India to Peru: Insights into successes and challenges

The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development recently released the report 'Biodiversity Business from India to Peru'. The  study, commissioned by Hivos, provides new insights in the impacts and  success factors of the upcoming concept of biodiversity-friendly  enterprise across the globe. By means of a case study of 30 biodiversity businesses, the report aims to inform and inspire a...

Understanding value chain finance

In this paper, value chain finance (VCF) is understood as 'finance based o the relationship between two or more actors in the value chain, either directly (one actor provides credit to another) or indirectly (one actor obtains credit from a financial institution based on a sales relationship with another actor).

A task force on VCF was set up to deepen our understanding on this topic in...

Changing perspectives: Small-scale farmers, markets and globalization

The Knowledge Programme on ‘Small producers agency in globalised markets’ released this first Working Paper during the First Provocative Seminar and the Hivos Conference on Knowledge and Change which took place in The Hague from 28 September to 1 October.

This paper looks at some of the big dilemmas confronting small-scale producers. It revisits five decades of changes in policies,...

Small, competitive and resilient: How small-scale producers contribute to food security

Food insecurity threatens almost one billion people, especially in rural areas in developing countries, where four out of five people go hungry every day. Scientists estimate that the world’s population will grow to 9.1 billion by 2050. Since natural resources are already dangerously degraded, fossil fuels are becoming scarce, and climate change has become an impending reality, this poses a...

Markets, smallholders and empowerment

With the global population expected to rise to 9 billion by 2050, there has been growing attention at the highest policy circles to the contribution of small-scale agriculture to food security and poverty eradication. However, the creation of an enabling framework towards this end has been hampered by contradictory approaches and policy ''pendulum swings" alternately on 'rights-based' and '...

Small-scale farmers in China in the face of modernisation and globalisation

The development of China as a global economic power is one of the most dramatic stories of recent decades. China’s economy has been the fastest growing in the world since 1980. Rapid growth has occurred in all sectors, including agriculture, accompanied by rapid poverty reduction. In the past 30 years, based on China’s official poverty line, the absolute level of rural poverty fell from 260...

Small-scale farming and youth in an era of rapid rural change

Youth make up approximately one-fifth of the total population in many countries in developing and emerging economy regions. In sheer numbers the youth population in these regions is the largest it has ever been and possibly ever will be. Further, in the rural areas and most significantly in large parts of rural sub-Saharan Africa, the absolute number of youth has increased and will continue to...

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