Business knowledge and development

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Presentation by Patricia Wagenmakers of the Min. Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, The Netherlands, to the meeting on Busoiness knowledge for development, held at Hivos on 3 April 2012.

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  • NL-Bedrijven kunnen ervaring in ontwikkelingslanden opdoen en voet aan de grond krijgen in nieuwe markten Bedrijven scheppen werkgelegenheid in de ontwikkelingslanden en vergroten hun omzet Bedrijven zijn in een vroeg stadium betrokken bij de ontwikkelende markten en –ketens en hebben daardoor een first mover voordeel Kennisinstellingen en bedrijven kunnen hun kennis en expertise delen en tegelijkertijd kennis over de lokale omstandigheden opdoen
  • NL betrokken: stap 1 Agriterra, NAK, NIVAP, WUR… , stap 2 Meijer, Agrico, HZPC… stap 3 Eth packers
  • Business knowledge and development

    1. 1. Business knowledge and development And the winner is…Patricia WagenmakersMin. Economic Affairs, Agriculture andInnovationp.s.wagenmakers@mineleni.nl
    2. 2. Agriculture and food: who’s in charge• Private sector:Horticulture: ‘world solutions for world challenges’Agrofood: ‘export of system’s solutions for sustainable food’• Public sector: common goals on food security, sustainable agriculture and climate change (adaptation/mitigation, reshaping production/consumption, land use)• Knowledge institutes: scaling up initiatives, monitoring and evaluating, keeping balance between fundamental and applied research & valorisation
    3. 3. Way of working• Precompetitive, objective knowledge development and capacity building• Combination of new technology and local knowledge -> innovation• Making use of each others networks
    4. 4. What enables win-win situations?• Local involvement, demand drivenness• Good relationships industry-farmer (organisation)• Knowledge of local market potential• Cofinancing or in-kind contributions• Bilateral profits (labour vs technology)
    5. 5. Case: potato Ethiopia• Growing demand in Ethiopian diet• 3-4 higher yield perspectives than current staple teff• Low seed quality on informal market, low inputs (water, fertilizer, pest and disease control), low processing, lack of credit facilities• System change: development of a product-market combination: local urban demand, export to neighboring countries and Middle EastTo do:8. organize growers9. Variety screening and multiplication10.Post harvest production lines
    6. 6. The challenge of PPP’s• Who’s in charge?• Who wins?• What is the right balance between production and valorisation of knowledge?
    7. 7. Pitfalls and tensions• Lack of commitment and communication• Lack of ability to change roles, positions, habits• Lack of strategy for follow up (isolation)• Lack of reflection/learning• Lack of money?

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