Who we work with

a sustainable legacy

Organisations are increasingly considering what difference they can make in the world, and how they can use their resources to have a lasting positive resonance. At Business for Development we work with a number of sectors to ensure they achieve a sustainable legacy.

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Business for Development  works with progressive organisations to create shared value. We believe we can achieve more in partnership with others than if we act alone. Here are just some of the organisations we have partnered with:

Mining & Resources

For over a decade, Business for Development has assisted mining and resources companies to develop and implement strong community relations programs in the regions where they operate. As a result, creating non-mine reliant businesses that address poverty and food security while the mine is in operation, and post-mine closure.

Our team combines local knowledge with international expertise to ensure mining and resource companies support local communities as effectively as possible, helping them to grow and thrive.

Business for Development’s programs support companies’ Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts, and engage meaningfully with local communities to create opportunities for sustainable economic and social development.

Local Community Development

Community development involves building a relationship with the community based on a shared vision and a deep understanding of a community’s outlook. Our local teams ensure our programs include a strong community voice to achieve inclusive and sustainable development.

Partner for Impact

To drive system-level change, Business for Development develops resilient agribusinesses that have a scalable impact on poverty, food security and social cohesion. A key component of our approach is creating an ecosystem of visionary and influential partners – including businesses, governments, non-government organisations and multilaterals – working together for the benefit of the communities we work with.

Sustainable Outcomes

Business for Development activates and improves
local economies by creating sophisticated
agribusinesses linked to markets, inputs and capital.

The programs we help to implement are designed to
support farmer-led enterprises and supplier
development over the long-term.

We have a strong focus on the empowerment of
women and youth through our programs and aim to
create opportunities for jobs across all sectors in the
local communities. This leads to the establishment of
prosperous and sustainable industries beyond the
mine. If a mine closes, the community can rely on
other sources of jobs and income for the future.

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Consumer Goods & Retail

Sustainability commitments are important to the
global manufacturing sector’s future, and today’s
consumers demand it. Achieving sustainability
outcomes across value chains is increasingly critical
for consumer goods manufacturers and retailers to
maintain competitiveness and success in the future.

Business for Development supports companies to
create and maintain sustainability commitments in
the fields of apparel, beverage and food
manufacturing. Our team’s background in business,
agriculture and community development, means
Business for Development understands how to
achieve Sustainable Development Goals while
addressing risk management, capital management
and developing competitive advantage. Our goal
through these initiatives is to ensure communities are
supported and their livelihoods are improved.

Community Development with Local Teams

Implementing sustainable sourcing programs can be challenging in developing countries. Business for Development has established local teams around the world who work on the ground to improve agricultural practices while meeting the needs of local communities. As a result, we have established programs with consumer goods, manufacturers and retailers that meet business requirements while empowering smallholder farmers and supporting sustainable farming.

Practical, Ethical & Economical Sustainable Sourcing Solutions

We align the interests of companies with those of local communities to create long-term farming enterprises and reduce rural poverty.

Business for Development works with companies to balance commercial requirements (cost, quality and risk management) with sustainable sourcing. Our in-country teams support smallholder farmers to implement sustainable agricultural practices that improve their livelihoods for the long-term. Through our program management approach farmers can scale production and deliver commodities that meet companies’ requirements.

Partnership Ecosystem

Strong value chain relationships reduce business risk and volatility for smallholder farmers. Business for Development links farmers to markets through the establishment of an ecosystem of partners. Our partnerships span the whole value chain, from agricultural input suppliers through to processors. We also establish partnerships with local and national governments, donors and the resources sector with a shared interest in achieving sustainable outcomes for smallholder farmers.


Optimising the potential of agriculture for economic
development, while ensuring sustainable use of
resources for long-term prosperity, is one of the
biggest challenges facing Africa and the Asia-Pacific.

Business for Development works with relevant
Research and Development (R&D) organisations to
create better business systems, especially agriculture
value chains, to benefit smallholders, their
households, and their communities.

Sustainable Outcomes

Business for Development has a strong knowledge of agriculture value chains, and experience in implementing programs to reduce poverty and improve food security in rural communities. With a practical lens, we conduct market research and advise on how to optimise a region’s agricultural industry to achieve economic development and sustainable outcomes.

Research Partnerships

It is essential to broker and invest in research partnerships in developing countries to build knowledge that supports crucial development objectives. Business for Development forms R&D partnerships to assist with its programs. Private sector participation in our programs has been successful, with many private enterprises engaged in the early stages of our projects.

Inclusive Research

Business for Development works to foster inclusive agriculture value chains. We work with all stakeholders to ensure marginal groups such as female-headed households, tribal minorities and young people are represented and supported by the research.

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& Insights


Through our programs, we aim to abolish rural poverty and ensure long-term economic prosperity for the communities we work with. Business for Development improves rural livelihoods and resilience by strengthening value chains for agricultural products. We connect suppliers of inputs, farmers, producer organisations and users of commodities through origination, trading, processing, and distribution.

Community Development with Local Teams

We work with the agriculture sector to support farmers and with producer organisations to seize economic opportunities to improve farmer livelihoods. Our approach seeks to:

  • Facilitate access to quality inputs (e.g. seeds, fertiliser), equipment and machinery.
  • Build the capacity of farmers through training in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and enhance smallholder farmers’ technical and business skills.
  • Establish market linkages with stable demand, fair prices, and favourable trade terms.
  • Provide access to relevant financial services such as credit, loans, savings, and insurance.
  • Increase the involvement of women and youth in farming operations and learning and development programs.
  • These measures allow smallholder farmers to achieve higher returns on investment.

Right Inputs

Business for Development works with leading seed and crop protection organisations and reviews introducing their products to markets. We look at profitability for both the farmer and supplier, and whether it achieves the desired economic and environmental outcomes.

Partnership Ecosystem

We create ecosystems of visionary and influential partners to support each program. These ecosystems combine knowledge and expertise from businesses, governments, non-government and multilateral organisations, to achieve the optimal outcomes for our farmers and communities.

Part of our approach is to establish Long-term Inclusive (LINC) Enterprises, a type of producer organisation social enterprise. The LINC Enterprise works towards owning productive assets and more of the value chain, to improve the livelihoods of its members through achieving financial independence.

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Donor Partners

Our programs must meet the objectives of both our smallholder farmers and our international donor partners. We achieve this by harnessing the power of local and international expert agronomy and markets to meet sustainable development goals.

Linking farmers to information, capital and resources and leveraging climate-smart agriculture (CSA) we help create sustainable agri-businesses and opportunities across the value chain.

Previous donors include the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), World Bank Group, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Sustainable Outcomes

Business for Development achieves sustainable and long-term outcomes for smallholder farmers and their communities. Our programs leave a lasting, positive legacy through having local teams on the ground helping to improve agricultural industries, food security,  and community development. These initiatives, together with technology innovations and partnerships, ensure we achieve sustainable outcomes for all involved.

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Partnership Development

For over a decade, Business for Development has been unlocking the value of partnerships, creating new markets and opportunities where they are needed most. We work with strong and engaged partners across the private sector, government, research and development, and within communities. Together, these stakeholders help us achieve the shared goal of ending poverty and boosting socio-economic prosperity.

Value Chain Development

Business for Development analyses the entire value chain and identifies areas that can be improved. Value chain development includes options such as encouraging certification that reduces perceptions of risk, strengthening bargaining power for disadvantaged market players, and educating farmers on the value of diversifying their business strategy.


Agriculture is a major source of growth in developing countries with large rural populations. Economically empowering these economies and meeting future food demand in a sustainable way will require major advances in productivity, market systems, natural resource management, and governance. Business for Development works with local and national governments around the world to realise their agriculture strategies and achieve desired sustainable outcomes on the ground.

Implement Successful Programs

Our programs apply a comprehensive approach to agriculture and food security that targets the immediate needs of the poorest, while also strengthening the foundations of agricultural industries through improving agricultural productivity and opening markets.

Partnership Development

For over a decade, Business for Development has been unlocking the value of partnerships, creating new markets and opportunities where they are needed most. We work with strong and engaged partners across the private sector, government, research and development, and within communities. Together, these stakeholders help us achieve the shared goal of ending poverty and boosting socio-economic prosperity.

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