Building Businesses with Small Producers: Successful by Sunita Kapila, Donald Mead

By Sunita Kapila, Donald Mead

This booklet offers a comparative research of 7 case stories that problem the various present ideals approximately reliable perform within the provision of commercial improvement providers (BDS) to small and micro firms. It additionally highlights matters round the evaluate of influence, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness of such services.Three providers got specific consciousness within the case reports: advertising and marketing, entry to know-how, and company and administration abilities acquisition. The case examine initiatives have been drawn from Bolivia, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. all of the tasks brought small manufacturers to new creation and advertising platforms and effectively promoted deepest region participation. The research of those stories appears on the feasibility of market-based BDS provision and the function of nongovernmental organisations in development BDS markets.

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Still, it is not uncommon to find only 5 per cent of an organization's members engaged in food processing. This should not be surprising since the population prefers the traditional activities of cultivation and livestock rearing. Commercial food processing, even on a small scale, requires more daily responsibility and risk (for example buying raw materials, producing, selling), a pace many rural people are not used to. 5). Food processing helps the poorest of the poor. Some beneficiaries reported a pre-project BDT 1600 monthly household income, well below the poverty threshold.

50/pc 40/kg 40/kg 25/250 g 1/pc Source: Jagadish Chandra Das, Director, BODC, 4 April 2000 quarterly, depending on beneficiary preference and cash flow. Food processing beneficiaries had little need to invest direct, since raw materials and equipment were at the centre and the women paid for them after they sold the food. Those who did not go to the centre regularly worked at home at minimal cost, as low as BDT 70 per day for raw materials, mitigating the need for loans. Rather, as with PEP, they used their loans to improve their homes, buy cattle and acquire land.

Institutional and market development approach ITDG-B seeks to develop partner organizations as effective providers of food processing training. It has identified two organizations that could con- 32 duct the trainers' training courses. It has also helped to form a network of food processor enterprises and NGOs to carry on its networking, advocacy and information dissemination. Individual versus group approaches Group approaches were promoted when large investments were required to manufacture food products.

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