Partnership Governance

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This paper explores the importance of governance arrangements in agrifood public-private partnerships (PPPs) and their role in strengthening inclusive value chains. While practitioners in the agrifood sector primarily focus on field-level interventions to address constraints and improve productivity, it is crucial to consider how partnerships are governed for their success in enhancing inclusiveness and competitiveness. The paper addresses key questions related to the significance of explicit governance arrangements, the functioning and implementation of governance mechanisms, the contribution of partnership governance to inclusiveness, and the requirements for effective inclusive partnership governance. Drawing on the experience of the 2SCALE program, the paper emphasizes the need for governance arrangements to ensure fair decision-making, inclusiveness of vulnerable actors, alignment with partnership objectives, and sustainability. The governance structures and processes employed in 2SCALE partnerships, involving private lead partners and 2SCALE, are discussed, highlighting the roles of field teams, management committees, and strategic oversight committees. The paper also acknowledges the adaptation of governance arrangements based on specific partnership contexts, such as the involvement of farmer organizations or other key actors in the value chain. Overall, the findings underscore the significance of explicit and well-implemented governance arrangements in promoting inclusiveness and effective management of PPPs in the agri-food sector.
Smallholder farmers, Partnerships, Value chains, Business models
Vogelsperger, R.,Lakoussan, and A. Teshome,2017. “Partnership Governance,” Paper presented at Inclusive Business Conference, Utrecht,TheNetherlands, by BoPInc., ICRA and IFDC, Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) (Ed.).