Workshop Inclusive Business Models for agricultural projects

1 June 2016

On 23 March 2016 at the University of Amsterdam, ten Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP) consortia participated in a Learning Day to discuss how their projects may enhance inclusiveness of business models beyond ‘business as usual’.

The aim of the day was to discuss the lack of evidence-based models and to develop knowledge exchange about Inclusive Business, its meaning within the attending projects and how it differs from ‘business as usual’. This was done by:

  • supporting individual consortia in clarifying ‘inclusive’ objectives
  • helping find a structure for building the evidence-base for increased inclusiveness in outcomes/impact
  • exploring possible collaboration among projects to increase potential influence
  • exploring external networks and exchange opportunities

Please read the FULL REPORT.

Short report

The participants had a fruitful day together discussing and clarifying what their ‘inclusive’ objectives are. This helped the individual project teams to find a structure for building their evidence base for increased inclusiveness in outcomes and impact. During the meeting possible collaborations among projects were explored. The participants agreed that this could increase their potential influence and external networks as well as create opportunities to share their research with a wider community.

The meeting was characterised by informative presentations related to Inclusive Business, discussions and group work. Joost Guijt (Wageningen UR, CDI) led through the day and presented existing, tested and accepted measuring frameworks of Inclusive Business. Nicky Pouw (UvA) and Saskia Vossenberg (CFIA - EUR, Endeva) gave an overview of definitions and theories of Inclusive Business, which helped to understand the bandwidth of Inclusive Business Models and to take into consideration the different lenses useful to look at the topic. Great attention was posed on concepts such as agency, empowerment, and marginalization. Work group sessions provided an opportunity to discuss about how Inclusive Business is conceptualized and applied in the different projects, identify shared dimensions of inclusiveness and reflect on Inclusive Business indicators.

At the end of the meeting the participants identified key initiatives and future events related to Inclusive Business Models in a joint session and discussed about possible foci for collaboration and follow-up activities.

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Nicky Pouw (project leader within GCP), Joost Guijt (Wageningen UR, CDI) and Saskia Vossenberg (CFIA - EUR, Endeva), together with NWO-WOTRO Science for global development and the office of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, jointly organised this Learning Day.

We would like to thank Margherita Giordano (junior researcher UvA) for coordinating the report and the following students for making notes during the meeting

  • Madlen Popignatova (MSc IDS student UvA)
  • Marina Humblot (MSc IDS student UvA)
  • Kimberly Loo (MSc IDS student UvA)

Further information

Source: NWO