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Rural Business Development Services, by John Belt, Royal Tropical Institute)

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  • 1. Rural BusinessDevelopment ServicesJohn Belt, j.belt@kit.nlCTA Making the Connection Conference7 November 2012, Addis Ababa
  • 2. KIT and value chain development • Amsterdam-based knowledge institute on sustainable development • Track record in value chains: • Writeshop publications • Value chain portal • Advisory trajectories • Capacity development projects • Learning/knowledge managementAmsterdam, The Netherlands www.kit.nl
  • 3. Chain Empowerment: Supporting African farmers to develop marketsAmsterdam, The Netherlands www.kit.nl
  • 4. Trading Up: building cooperation between farmers and traders in AfricaAmsterdam, The Netherlands www.kit.nl
  • 5. Value Chain Finance Book
  • 6. Challenging chains to change
  • 7. Learning and Earning: Learning alliance EthiopiaAmsterdam, The Netherlands www.kit.nl
  • 8. Rural business development services • Farming as a business • Entrepreneurial farmer needs services • How can we learn and combine the lessons from the past? • Specifically from past promotion of public extension services & urban business development servicesAmsterdam, The Netherlands www.kit.nl
  • 9. What are RBDS? Rural / Agri-Business / Agricultural Business Development Services are services that improve the performance of an agricultural enterprise, be it individual or cooperative, in its access to markets, financial services, and enhanced agribusiness environmentsAmsterdam, The Netherlands www.kit.nl From: UNDP
  • 10. Writeshop in Addis Ababa • Brought together 15 cases from practioners across sub-Sahara Africa • From different sectors, applying different business models • Focus on: • Inclusiveness • Financial sustainability • Accountability • ImpactAmsterdam, The Netherlands www.kit.nl
  • 11. Some key issues from the writeshop • Pluralist systems involving complex private/public/NGO/donor relations • Highly diverse business models • Always combination of business models • Traditional rural providers embrace market- orientation and entrepreneurship • Urban business providers go rural • High diversity in services, no specialization • How to get and keep qualified staff • Organizing quality assuranceAmsterdam, The Netherlands www.kit.nl
  • 12. Writeshop participantsAmsterdam, The Netherlands www.kit.nl
  • 13. Follow-up with CTA partners • Involves specialists from agricultural universities across sub-Sahara Africa • RBDS trends and opportunities at country level • Focus on: • Capacity development of service providers • Supportive policy measuresAmsterdam, The Netherlands www.kit.nl
  • 14. Thank you for your attentionAmsterdam, The Netherlands www.kit.nl