Linking Family Farms to Markets, Global Commodities Forum, UNCTAD 14
Moderator: Margaret Muchui, General Manager of Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya
Kamau Kuria, Managing Director, Coffee Management Services Limited, Kenya
Maarten Van Der Kamp, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
George Rapsomanikis, Senior Economist, Trade and Markets Division, Food and Agriculture Organization
John Bee, Regional Head, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Sub-Saharan Africa, Nestlé
More than 90 per cent of farms in the world are run by families and rely on family labour. They produce nutritious food and contribute towards the sustainable use of natural resources. They also boost rural economies, generate jobs and incomes and contribute to poverty eradication. Smallholder farmers therefore have an essential role to play in achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Despite smallholder farmers' essential development role, their full potential remains unrealized. Smallholders face many constraints in accessing markets to sell their products and obtain inputs, including credit. This lack of market access isolates smallholders and dampens their productivity. In this session, experts will examine how smallholder farmers can participate competitively in markets through, for example, novel value chain arrangements and market-based partnerships.