Coordinated supply chains are rapidly increasing in importance in global food markets. They are commercial tools for competitive strategies, assuring quality, food safety, and better logistics. They serve high-end markets, especially in industrial countries, but increasingly also in developing countries in urban areas with relatively high income. There is widespread fear that small-scale farmers will be excluded from coordinated supply chains. Empirical evidence on such exclusion is mixed.
This session presented two case studies on participation of small-scale farmers in modern supply chains, and a Rabobank study on supply-chain development. One case study presented experiences of linking farmer groups to enterprises in a Bank project in Colombia, the other was about a successful small Thai exporter who set up fruit and vegetable export to high-end supermarkets in Europe and Japan and who manages sub-contracting schemes with over 900 small-scale farmers. The Rabobank presentation focused on factors for success for forming modern coordinated supply chains and was based on its broad international experience.
Agenda, Thursday March 31, 2005
Chair: Gajanand Pathmanathan, Sector Manager, SASAR, World Bank
Partnerships between rural farmer associations and commercial private sector – A Colombian Experience (ppt - 2.2mb)
Maria Clara Rodriguez and Gustavo Vergara, Alianzas Productivas (Productive Partnerships), Colombia
A private sector case study from Thailand (ppt - 100k)
Opportunities and challenges of Thai fresh fruit (ppt - 3mb)
Chusak Chuenprayoth, Exporter and supply chain coordinator, Thailand
Experiences with Small Holders (ppt - 220k)
Gerard van Empel, Rabobank
Jack Wilkinson, President, IFAP
Pathways out of Poverty - Can R&D help small scale producers benefit from coordinated supply chains? (ppt - 6.3mb)
Joachim Voss, Executive Committee, CIAT