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local impact

Business for Development understands to build strong programs that have impact, you need strong local staff. More than 75% of our staff are from the country in which they work – because no one understands a community better than those that call it home.

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Given the chance, girls can excel

Mpumalanga Winter Wheat Pilot is investigating sustainable livelihood opportunities for the community on remediated mine sites

A Local Team for Local Impact

The Fruit of Community Labour

Shifting Perspectives: Conversations with Field Agents in Kenya

The Case for Equitable Sustainable Food Systems

The Journey To Establishing A Community Piggery Enterprise In Hela Province, Papua New Guinea

The Power Of Youth

The Say-do-gap

Given the chance, girls can excel

Mpumalanga Winter Wheat Pilot is investigating sustainable livelihood opportunities for the community on remediated mine sites

A Local Team for Local Impact

The Fruit of Community Labour

Shifting Perspectives: Conversations with Field Agents in Kenya

The Case for Equitable Sustainable Food Systems

The Journey To Establishing A Community Piggery Enterprise In Hela Province, Papua New Guinea

The Power Of Youth

The Say-do-gap

Shifting Mindsets – The Impact Of A Confident Farmer

The Power Of Cross Sector Partnerships

Information Is Power…so How Do We Use It For Good?

The Problem With Data In Development

Chickens Changing Lives

Traceability: Bridging The Trust Gap

August 19th – A Call To Action

‘Do No Harm’ In An Increasingly Complex World

Co-Ops – A Microcosm of Meritocratic Ideal

Sustainable
Development Goals

The  United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Business for Development works with  small enterprises to multinational corporations translate high-level “sustainability commitments” into action to benefit both businesses and local communities. Below are just some of the ways B4D helps to achieve the SDGs.

Below are just some of the ways Business for Development helps to achieve the SDGs.

Our programs create significant employment and income generation opportunities for smallholder farmers, who experience high rates of poverty. We work to ensure the inclusion of women, youth, and people with disabilities, building their capacity to provide for themselves and their families. Through improved agronomic practices and the introduction of diversified crops, smallholder farmers have increased resilience.

Our programs work to enhance food security and nutrition for smallholder farmers and their communities. Through program delivery – such as improving agronomic practices, providing access to quality farm inputs, training, and extension services – crop yields are increased, and animal husbandry is improved.

Our programs incorporate equal access to vocational training in good agronomic practices. Plus, with the extra income smallholder farmers can earn, families can afford to send their children to school.

Gender roles and norms vary widely across the communities we work with globally. With this in mind, we work towards integrating gender considerations throughout our programs, paying special attention to supporting the whole family.

Our programs work to establish and strengthen smallholder farmers’ engagement with buyers, suppliers, and stakeholders in a collaborative value chain. As a result, we support the development of sustainable economic growth. Some programs work to expand the engagement of smallholder farmers in downstream processing and provide increased employment and income-generating opportunities.

Innovation and technological progress are key to finding lasting solutions to both economic and environmental challenges. We use digital tools to gain a more robust understanding of program performance, improving decision-making. Agricultural innovations, such as crop selection and rotation to improve soil fertility, are implemented to have a profound impact on smallholder farmer outcomes.

Through utilising an integrated agriculture systems approach, our programs work to reduce waste in the system and improve income opportunities for smallholder farmers. By applying sustainable standards in the production of commodities, our work is ensuring the end product is responsibly produced.

Through training and utilisation of Climate-Smart Agriculture practices in site development, our programs improve soil management by maximising rainfall use, increasing yields, and establishing efficient systems to reduce crop damage. Introducing mechanical intervention reduces the time required to prepare crop sites, using smallholder farmers’ labour more efficiently and increasing the likelihood of ongoing application of mechanical intervention.

In designing our programs, we recognise the importance of sustainably managing forests, combating desertification, halting and reversing land degradation, and minimising biodiversity loss.

We work to develop partnership ecosystems — including community, business, government, research, and public and private funders — to work together to deliver specific outcomes. Each entity in the partnership ecosystem brings a specific value, and through working together all participants benefit from being part of the partnership ecosystem.

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