Learning from inclusive agribusiness innovations

The research supporting the Inclusive Agribusiness Southeast Asia Roundtable seeks to learn about the novel ways that companies create livelihood opportunities for individuals and households that are usually excluded from the benefits, products and services provided by markets and entrepreneurial activity. Companies creating these opportunities are referred to as inclusive agribusinesses.

The purpose of our study is to learn from existing inclusive agribusiness experience. Specifically, how and why are business practices progressing towards different dimensions of inclusiveness? What lessons and ideas can be shared with other companies? What are the different ways that inclusive practices can be replicated, spread or scaled? Do existing policy and market mechanisms help or hinder the growth and spread of inclusive agribusiness? What are the key issues requiring further analysis and capacity building?

There are two complementary dimensions to the study:

  1. How and why are businesses inclusive? Here, we want know how companies are doing businesses in ways that are inclusive. Specifically we want to look at features of companies that create and capture value or revenue that lead to inclusiveness.
  1. How and why companies innovate to create novel ways of being inclusive? In this part of the study we are interested in the process by which companies access ideas, approaches, products and services that are inclusive. Understanding the inclusive innovation process will give use practical lessons that can be shared with other companies.

The study will consist of various parts, including research on impact investing and inclusive business cases in Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar. The results of the study will be shared on this website. The total concept note about research supporting the Roundtable can be found here. More information will follow soon.