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Global nuts and local mangoes : a critical reading of the UNDP Growing Sustainable Business Initiative in Kenya

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Gregoratti, Catia

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Abstract This article provides a conceptual and empirical assessment of UN brokered partnerships that seek to deepen or create inclusive and sustainable agricultural supply chains in sub-Saharan Africa. More specifically it appraises the decision-making mechanisms, processes of partnership brokerage and project implementation within the UNDP Growing Sustainable Business Initiative (GSB) in Kenya. The paper argues that the lack of bottom-up participation in decision-making mechanisms and the predominantly economic imperatives driving the GSB partnership projects have failed to reach out to the partnerships’ intended beneficiaries—Kenyan small producers of nuts and mangoes. In conclusion it is suggested that opening up the GSB platform might hold the promise of reconciling sustainable business models with (some) poverty reduction.
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Free Keywords UNDP; Public–private partnerships; Sustainable investment; Millennium development goals; Poverty reduction; Farmers
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 369-383
Journal Agriculture and Human Values, 28 (2009) 3
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)