Monday, 20 January 2014

Business models for postharvest technologies: looking forward, looking back

An IRRI Seminar

By  Alfred Schmidley
Business Model and Value Chain Development Specialist
Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD)

1.15 - 2.15pm, Thursday, 23 January 2014
Havener auditorium, IRRI


Business models in agricultural research and delivery systems have received great attention in recent years, but are business models really new? How do they speak to needs in agricultural research? Why are business models not an exclusive domain of the private sector?

Looking back, this seminar will explore new directions for business models based on IRRI’s experience in the ADB-funded Postharvest Learning Alliance, a multi-stakeholder platform used to foster learning and development of business models for postharvest technologies in Southeast Asia. This provides a unique opportunity to reflect and share achievements, lessons, and approaches used by cross-sector partners in Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

Looking forward, new initiatives have commenced where lessons, tools, and innovative approaches can be applied to new contexts in South Asia in CSISA (Phase II) and in the Feed the Future (FtF) Innovations Lab for the Reduction of Postharvest Losses.

Open discussion will follow.

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