Leading companies in Southeast Asia are developing new inclusive business models that help secure their supply base, meet the food demands of consumers and reduce environmental impacts. These new models are profitable for business and also enhance food security and alleviate poverty. They create value for all players across the value chain, especially smallholder farmers and small businesses.
Now the challenge is to scale up and replicate these efforts. This requires innovation in business practices, creative investment and financing strategies, and new partnerships.
The Inclusive Agribusiness Roundtable will connect business leaders with key development practitioners, policy makers and research experts who are working at the cutting edge of inclusive approaches to agribusiness.
The Roundtable will help identify specific opportunities for investment in agricultural development, barriers to growth, critical areas for future innovation and research, and policy requirements to drive greater business-led inclusive growth. It will explore practical and innovative solutions to the challenges of growing inclusive agribusinesses in Southeast Asia and provide a forum to share experiences and lessons learned.
It is a key step in building an active, regional network of strategic stakeholders for continued exchange and innovation.
100 leading representatives from business, farmer associations, research institutions and development organisations (donors and NGOs) primarily from Southeast Asia, by invitation only.
Participants will cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Select sponsorship may be available where necessary.
The program of the Roundtable can be found at the event website. On this website you can also leave an expression of interest, and find more information about visa and accommodation.
Convenors and funding
The two-day event is being jointly convened by World Economic Forum’s Grow Asia Partnership, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia’s Food Systems Innovation (FSI) Initiative, the Seas of Change Initiative, and the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development.
Besides the support from the convenors, the event is also being funded by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.