Since the world’s population surpassed seven billion, attention to the food security agenda and the need to boost agricultural output has increased.

Agricultural productivity and food supply have been a growing focus worldwide since Accenture Development Partnerships began work in 2002. Environmental degradation, urbanization, insecure land rights, and complexities across the value chain mean that ensuring the availability, accessibility and utilization of food is increasingly complex. Improved efficiencies in the supply chain can lead to benefits for agricultural producers and the communities they serve. Buyers who invest in reviewing, programming, forecasting and streamlining ordering processes will provide producers with more stable demand. In reducing these risks and bringing stability to planting and employment, small-scale producers are able to invest with confidence in their land, their workers and their communities. Accenture Development Partnerships is able to develop the tools and approaches for our clients to analyse markets, build capacity, integrate program management and negotiate effective partnerships for change. Utilizing shared expertise and best practice from across the agricultural sector also provides the opportunity for a multi-faceted approach to development, sharing insight with related areas such as nutrition, health, water and the environment. Organizations need to move away from grant-based development sector programmatic interventions to integrated, long-term sustainable models of market-based improvement in order to deliver systemic change.

Drawing on expertise from Accenture’s Agriculture Group, Accenture Development Partnerships is able to facilitate public-private partnerships and deliver system-wide change across agricultural NGOs and the sector as a whole. Helping Oxfam GB develop a toolkit for design and delivery of high quality Gendered Enterprise and Markets (GEM) programs Oxfam GB is an affiliate of Oxfam International, an international nongovernmental organization (NGO) that addresses poverty and injustice. To deliver its Gendered Enterprise and Markets (GEM) initiative, a component of Oxfam’s livelihoods work that seeks to deliver programs that facilitate the sustainable inclusion of women and smallholder farmers in agricultural market systems, Oxfam GB needed a flexible methodology for program design—i.e., a GEM toolkit. This would assist countries with different levels of experience at delivering livelihoods programming to design GEM programs, develop and implement them.

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