How Diageo and Golden Agri Resources engage smallholder farmers

Here below are four recent podcasts we taped at events we at Innovation Forum held earlier this year.

The focus is all about smallholder farmers and how companies can better engage them, tackle capacity challenges, improve yields and overcome the limits to certification.

(Many more podcasts can be found here) And this upcoming conference should be of interest. More details on that below.

Here are the podcasts, all short, all practical:

Michael Alexander from Diageo shares experience building supplier support networks for smallholders
Ian Welsh talks with Michael Alexander, Diageo, about engaging smallholder farmers with supplier support networks, stakeholder reputation and building community capacity.

Grow Asia’s Kavita Prakash-Mani on collaboration, scale, smallholder engagement and solutions
Ian Welsh talks to Kavita Prakash-Mani from Grow Asia about the barriers to collaboration, how to create systemic change, scaling pilot projects and engaging smallholders on solutions.

Golden Agri-Resources’ Anita Neville discusses traceability, responsibility and targets
Ian Welsh talks to Anita Neville, vice president, corporate communications and external affairs at Golden Agri-Resources about the challenges of achieving traceability, access to markets and sustainability targets for smallholders farmers

TFT’s Bastien Sachet on certification, impacts at scale and innovative technology
Ian Welsh chats with Bastien Sachet, CEO of TFT, about why certification doesn’t provide the anwers, how pilot projects can become impactful at scale, and the potential of technology to help this happen

Upcoming relevant event. All debate. No PPT, no nonsense:

How business can engage smallholder farmers

Building resilient supply chains, improving environmental sustainability and boosting economic growth for smallholders

19th – 20th October 2016, Pew Conference Center, Washington, DC

Two days of leading analysis, debate, discussion and networking. Details here. And here’s the PDF brochure.

With: L’Oreal USA, S&D Coffee, Yara International, Asia Pulp & Paper, Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Olam International, Syngenta, International Labor Rights Forum, International Finance Corporation, The Toro Company, Fair-trade America, Lands, U.S. Department of Labor, TechnoServe and many others.