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Free webinar: Strategies to develop smallholder farmers’ livelihoods and productivity

This webinar explores how companies can create strategies to develop the smallholder bases that supply their soft commodities. Listen to it here.The webinar had a particular focus on sugar cane farming but also explores the transferrable lessons that can be taken from other crop experiences.

The speakers addressed such questions as:

  • What is the general state of smallholder farming globally? What are the major risks and opportunities on the horizon?
  • What opportunities do smallholder development programmes present to the major corporates such as Unilever and Coca Cola? What is the commercial case for them to bother?
  • What are the common issues that keep smallholder yield and productivity to a faction of its potential?
  • When designing a programme to systematically improve the state of a corporate smallholder base, what are the key strategic decisions to take into account?

Speakers on the webinar:

  • Juni Sul, private sector advisor, agricultural markets and enterprise, Oxfam
  • Sven Sielhorst, programme coordinator, sugarcane, Solidaridad Network
  • Jon Walker, product manager, sugar, Fairtrade Foundation


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