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1 Value Chain and Business Model Approaches Improved Food Security through the Commercialization of Agriculture FAO contribution to Value Chains Methodology -------------------------- Heiko Bammann, Enterprise Development Officer, AGS FAO Rome check:

2 Sequence of presentation: Value Chains – basic introduction Inclusive Business Models FAO support to VC development Activities and tools supported Initial lessons learned

3 Value Chain Approach A value chain is the full range of activities which are required to bring a product or service from conception, through the different phases of production, transformations, and delivery to final consumers and final disposal after use It is made up of a series of actors from inputs suppliers to producers and processors to exporters and buyers Aim: to elevate the value chain to higher level Improve profits

4 Critical Dimensions of a Value Chain InputsProductionProcessingRetailing Product Flow Financial Flow Information Flow Incentives and Governance

5 Five Typical Action Areas/Steps 1. Selection of sector or product, key issues and entry point 2. Value chain mapping 3. Participatory value chain analysis 4. Value chain action planning (draft upgrading strategy) 5. Stakeholder validation and planning workshops => Develop a VC upgrading strategy!

6 Producer-Buyer linkages in VC Buyer Processor Financial and Information flows Physical flows Inputs Institutional environment (laws, regulations, etc.) Production Distribution Consumption Supporting services

7 Inclusive Business Models Small farmers are increasingly tied to markets and agro-industries through business linkages and alliances with each other and with other value chain stakeholders. There are many models of business linkages, but three are relevant for small farmers: producer organisation model buyer driven model intermediary model

8 Typical organisation of smallholder production TypeDriverObjective Producer driven Small-scale producers themselves, through FOs: ECTAD, CPGC new markets higher market prices stabilize market position Large farmers extra supply volumes Buyer driven Processors (Hot Mama, BEL) Exporters (GUY) Retailers (Super J, SLU) assure supply Intermediary driven Traders, wholesalers and other traditional market actors supply more discerning customers NGOs and other support agencies make markets work for the poor National and local Governments i.e. NAMDEVCO, GMC, NWC regional development

9 Must Be a Business Case for Working with Small Farmers Smallholders comparative advantage (premium quality) Securing supply Access subsidized inputs Corporate responsibility Community goodwill Politics Product quantity, quality, consistency, safety Traceability & compliance with standards Loyalty and fulfilment of commitments Negotiation, coordination and communication Business ReasonsCosts and Risks

10 Foundations of Sustainable Models Organized & empowered farmers Partnership facilitator Facilitating policy sector Receptive business sector

11 Rationale for supporting Business Models Reduce over reliance on multi-stakeholder participatory approaches Focus first on key VC problems Enhance reliability of raw material supply Enhance competitiveness of agribusiness buyer Empower real development drivers Business managers know their markets SMAEs create value, buy products, generate jobs Mainstream business thinking

12 FAO – AGS* supported projects EU All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme (EU AAACP) – (E) check: The Phase II of the CARICOM/CARIFORUM Programme for Food Security - (I) check: * FAO Rural Infrastructure and Agri-Industries Division

13 For the Caribbean Focus on one product (group) and improved value creation Activities to achieve improved business linkages, production, post-harvest handling, value addition and marketing to local, regional or international markets Focus on farmers and agribusiness organizations

14 Countries, Value Chains, and Businesses supported BAR – Onion VC – BAS (I) BEL – Hot Pepper – Hot Mama + (I) DOM – Pineapples – NIPPA (I) GRN– Roots and Tubers – NEFO (E) GUY– Eddoes – GAPA (E) JAM – Ackee – POs (I) JAM – R&T – CPGC (E) SLU – Fruits – BVFO, etc. (I) SVG – R&T – ECTAD (E) CARICOM – Services- CaFAN (E/I)

15 Overview of the business model approach What are differences?

16 Business models for improved producer-buyer linkages (steps) Identification of the key driver Analysis/Characterisation of the current business model Identification of the critical success factors for buyers Preparation of an upgrading business model and financing plan Identify sub-set of activities that project can support without distorting viability, unduly subsidizing, undermining sustainability

17 Characterization of Business Model 1. Product: products sold, differentiation 2. Product flow and distribution 3. Clients: clients, numbers, why buy 4. Resources and capacities base 5. Activities: production, transformation, etc. 6. Key partners and collaboration 7. Costs and revenue 8. Expectations

18 Activities and tools supported

19 1 - Business to Business Coordination Addressing sources of uncertainty Implementing contractual arrangements (formal and informal) Promoting trust, transparency and collaboration

20 1 - Business to Business Coordination Possible tools: Information mechanisms to improve transparency Workshops to identify bottlenecks and better understand on each others role Strategic plans for management of the chains operations Training in negotiating skills and developing contracts

21 2 - Respond to Customer Needs Ensuring processes and products respond to customers needs Synchronize product delivery and logistics Improve information on customer requirements Implement quality and safety standards

22 2 - Respond to Customer Needs Possible tools: Market appraisal and surveys Train in good agriculture practices and post- harvest and handling Train in agro-processing and value addition Train in standards and certification processes Develop product quality and safety grading systems

23 3 - Add Value by Managing Processes Identify and address logistics constraints Appraising business to business processes Developing organizational innovations that improve delivery times Reducing waste and protect the environment from harmful production and processing

24 3 - Add Value by Managing Processes Possible tools: Mapping exercises and workshops to understand the flows Appraise financial institutions and support loan applications Train in bulk buying and collective marketing Introduce switch to re-usable items Training in business, financial management and marketing skills

25 Relevance of this approach for the Caribbean? 1. Comparative advantage in production 2. Import substitution 3. Ability to absorb external price shocks 4. Receptive value chain actors -> contribution to Food Security through the Commercialization of Agriculture

26 Initial lessons learned Change of mindset for agricultural development required (define roles) Good management practices are critical!!! Transparency, accountability and trust private sector vs public sector Business development services rather new in the agriculture sector expensive for small number of beneficiaries Time dimension business success requires time learn from failures look for successes and learn from champions Involve regional partners from the start (CARDI, CaFAN, CABA, etc)

27 Thank You !

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