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Thursday, June 10, 2021

WEBINAR: UN Food Systems Summit Dialogue “Small Businesses: Good Food for All”

10 June 2021. WEBINAR: UN Food Systems Summit Dialogue “Small Businesses: Good Food for All” Organised by the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Agri-Food Network, EIT Food

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are at least half the food economy. Such businesses have a vital role to play in forging a more nourishing, sustainable, equitable and resilient food system. The Dialogue asked three questions:
  • How are SMEs having a positive impact on the food system?
  • What challenges limit their positive impact?
  • How to boost the role of SMEs in providing “Good Food for All”?
Support at food SMEs 
Whether it is through local chambers of commerce in rural USA or tech innovation hubs in Nairobi, well-resourced business development support for SMEs is a proven driver of inclusive economic growth. Targeting such support at food SMEs offers additional benefits, due to the importance of the sector to public goods such as health, the environment, and livelihoods. Youth, women and other groups face additional barriers to starting and growing a business. Support to them unlocks fresh entrepreneurial energy into the sector and addresses equity gaps. Expanding business development initiatives for food SMEs offers a practical pathway through which to achieve positive sectoral change.


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