ACIAR works with the private sector to help poor people in developing countries. Sustainable economic development, led by the private sector, is the most effective, proven way to reduce poverty. Together, ACIAR and business can create jobs, boost incomes and increase economic security in developing countries.
ACIAR and business work together to create and strengthen agrifood value chains: complex systems that create and deliver products that consumers value, from the farmers who produce goods, through the markets where they are sold, to the customers who buy them.
Smallholder farmers are often excluded from the most valuable chains; supermarkets usually source their products from large farms, leaving smallholders in poverty. Together, stakeholders in food value chains – farmers, agribusinesses, governments and civil society – can lift people in developing countries out of poverty.
Smallholder farmers grow most of the world’s food, and in many countries most of these farmers are women. ACIAR, working with businesses, can connect smallholder farmers and their families to business opportunities and markets that can help lift them out of poverty. ACIAR has connected cocoa growers in Papua New Guinea to Australian chocolate manufacturers, develop livestock chains in Botswana and South Africa, and connected thousands of poor Vietnamese beef and fruit farmers to Chinese markets. Value chains create jobs and help economies and societies to develop.
Together, ACIAR and business can make agriculture competitive and sustainable, increase smallholder farmers’ access to market, and make value-chains more efficient and effective.
Together, ACIAR and business can and does make a real difference to the lives of the world’s poorest people.
ACIAR welcomes inquiries from private sector entities who want to work with us on projects that benefit Australia and our developing country partners.