Bridging the Rural/Urban Gap: How Inclusive Business Models Can Feed Urban Consumers
The session aims to spark a reflection on the potential of inclusive business models to both bring healthy, safe and nutritious food to urban consumers, and to include smallholder food producers in urban food chains. The session will examine three cases that include: 1) an introduction to inclusive business models based on Rikolto’s experience in Central America, Belgium and East Africa, 2) CIAT’s experience with nutritious and affordable porridge flours to fight malnutrition in Kampala and Nairobi, and 3) APROVAG’s work with smallholder banana producers in eastern Senegal to supply urban markets in Dakar. In addition to sharing the participatory LINK methodology used to facilitate the development of inclusive business models, presenters will highlight challenges and lessons learned. Through the utilization of an online polling platform, participants will be asked to vote on presented dilemmas and solutions, submit questions and display group solutions for discussion.
Dr. Christine Chege