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Supply chain support: Developing strong, integrated value chains

Supply chain support: Developing strong, integrated value chains

Food demand is predicted to double by 2050, and consumption of meat, dairy and processed food will increase as incomes rise across emerging economies. To secure the agricultural raw materials needed to meet future demand, global manufacturers and retailers need to diversify, reduce waste in their supply chains and support innovation in their suppliers.

At the same time, consumers are becoming much more discerning about the quality and safety of their food. The demand for sustainable, ethically-supported produce is an opportunity for corporations to increase quality assurance from the seed or the field right through to the grocery shelf.

CABI has close links with commodity and food supply chains across the globe, and a profound understanding of how to improve efficiency and productivity. Working with local partners, we identify the specific constraints that stop supply chains from operating effectively. We then address these constraints with proven, practical best practice solutions, including:

• connecting key sectors of the global economy – facilitating communication and collaboration between producers, processors, manufacturers and retailers

• providing information, data and resources to fill skills and knowledge gaps

• developing and introducing best practice production and processing techniques

• improving governments’ understanding of compliance and certification

• aligning the strategic objectives of producers, manufacturers and retailers

• working with retailers and manufacturers to develop their supplier base

• helping farmers become more entrepreneurial through access to micro-credit, business skills training and support with forming co-operatives

Gender and the Legume Alliance

Legume crops play a key role in household nutritional security and incomes but production is in decline. To rectify this, the Legume Alliance is trying to get information about growing common beans into as many smallholder farming households in Ghana and Tanzania as possible. This work will also look at information targeting different gender... >>

Producing fruit crops through innovative and market-orientated IPM in Vietnam

The project focuses on the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of four key economically important crops: dragon fruit, mango, longan and lichi for export to markets in the USA. It addresses the important production-limiting pests and diseases and their management. Specifically, practises based on ecologically sound IPM strategies and the use of a... >>