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Engaging Business for Integrated Landscape Initiatives in Africa


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Lee Gross of EcoAgriculture Partners introduces strategies for engaging business for integrated landscape initiatives in Africa.

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Engaging Business for Integrated Landscape Initiatives in Africa

  1. 1. Engaging Business for Integrated Landscape Initiatives in Africa Lee Gross, EcoAgriculture Partners
  2. 2. Between 2008-2020 – growth rate of 4%
  3. 3. New risks necessitate collective action Climate Change Poverty and Food Security Competition for resources Increasing demand Source: KPMG, 2012. Expect the Unexpected: Building business value in a changing world.
  4. 4. Address Risk at Scales
  5. 5. Low private sector participation in integrated landscape initiatives in Africa 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Industry Agribusiness Community Groups Education/Research NGOs Marginalized Groups Producer Groups Government % of surveyed initiatives Only 8% Source Milder, J.C., A.K. Hart, P. Dobie, J. Minai, C. Zaleski. 2013a. “Integrated landscape initiatives for African agriculture, development, and conservation: A region-wide assessment.” World Development, 54, 68-80.
  6. 6. "The landscape approach has been championed by organizations active in the development and conservation sectors for many years, though the concept has been slow to migrate into mainstream corporate thinking. - José Lopez, Executive Vice President, Operations, Nestlé S.A.
  7. 7. Reducing Risk through landscape approaches
  8. 8. Requires More than Sum of Parts Thinking More than sum of parts thinking
  9. 9. Landscape approach interventions and support mechanisms • Ecosystem service payments – watershed funds, conservation easements • Financing instruments – short-term credits, impact investments or subsidies • Secondary markets – non-timber forest products • Product markets – voluntary sustainability standards and certifications
  10. 10. Overview of current initiatives • Regional partnership mitigating a jointly identified risk – Lake Navaisha Initiative, Kenya – George, South Africa, Water Futures Partnership – Zambia, Community Markets for Conservation, COMACO
  11. 11. Overview of current initiatives • Sourcing Business or NGO led partnership mitigating regional risks – Uganda, British American Tobacco Biodiversity Partnership – Western Ghana, Juabeso- Bia landscape initiative
  12. 12. Overview of current initiatives • Policy Government or International fund led Initiatives – Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) – Rwanda Nyungwe (Gishwati) Landscape Restoration
  13. 13. Consensus Actions – how can the business sector be engaged in ILIs? • Talk Business – construct the business case – Create incentives and a stronger case for business at any scale to include ILI multiple objectives in running interventions. • Create Wiki Tools for Business – Use landscape risk and opportunity assessment tools to identify business risks and drive priority actions • Create business capacity – Set up the Business-as-Unusual School - Include ILI knowledge in existing business and agricultural curricula.
  14. 14. Let’s talk business and landscapes…what do you think?
  15. 15. Breakout action groups 1. Talk business – construct business case 2. Landscape risk and opportunity assessment tools 3. Create business capacity 4. Market and incentivize based mechanisms 5. Others? 6. Others?
  16. 16. ACTION PLAN • Short title • Objectives • WHY (Rationale, why action is needed): • Key/Illustrative Activities • WHO would be involved? With what roles? • WHAT is needed to make this happen? (endorsements, resources, involvement of other actors, et al • NEXT Steps to mobilize Action • CHAMPIONS to ensure Next Steps happen (people in Action Team and organization)