BRINGING ENTERPRISE TO THOSE IN POVERTY IS OUR PURPOSE
Enterprise is a spark.
At Business for Development we think this is powerful. We unpack complex value chains and develop inclusive, practical solutions ensuring those who live in rural poverty can benefit from enterprise, recognising they are customers, producers, and entrepreneurs.
We design for resilience - for the people, businesses and systems.
Our work includes:
Finding market-based solutions for people such as smallholder farmers and facilitating access to markets, finance, inputs, agronomic and business training.
Partnering with governments so policies are enhanced from investment and translated into action.
Connecting finance institutions to develop solutions for the very poor, thus lifting people out of poverty whilst creating new markets.
Undertaking the appropriate research, diagnostic and data analysis.
Social outcomes with enterprise drivers are impactful, commercial and sustainable.
They are inclusive businesses.
WHY WE DO IT
One-third of the world’s 7.3 billion people are smallholder farmers. These people are some of the poorest on earth. About 90 per cent of farmers lack strong, consistent relationships with buyers, and access to finance, inputs, agronomic training and other support. Finding solutions for these farmers means finding solutions that engage one-third of humanity in addressing food security, climate stability, biodiversity conservation and rural employment.
By leveraging business operations, acumen and innovation and applying the lens to development problems we are looking to create a new ways to create inclusive, sustainable change for some of the poorest people on earth.
At the same time, for those businesses that buy from smallholder farmers, or have inputs into their production, we are assisting them to understand their own value chain and how they can have a positive impact while deriving positive commercial outcomes.