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Consultative Dialogue to Promote Inclusive Business Agriculture and Food Systems in Thailand

To meet the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the private sector will need to play a greater role in supporting development objectives. Inclusive businesses offer the opportunity to address development challenges and leave no one behind. Inclusive businesses are companies that: “provide goods, services, and livelihoods on a commercially viable basis, either at scale or scalable, to people living at the base of the economic pyramid making them part of the value chain of companies’ core business as suppliers, distributors, retailers, or customers.”[1]

Inclusive business provide triple wins. They provide market opportunities to enterprises; they provide above market-rate income opportunities and access to affordable essential goods and services for low income and marginalised groups; and they help governments deliver affordable goods and services and lift people out of poverty at scale.

This workshop will be taken forward within the framework of the “Regional Inclusive Business Models in Agriculture and Food Systems” initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and have been designed in collaboration with the Office of SMEs Promotion (OSMEP), Thailand. They will create awareness amongst mainly public sector stakeholders of what inclusive business is and how to identify it. This will be discussed within the framework of enhancing the role and prosperity of MSME in agribusiness, and overall, within the strategic development agenda that Thailand is currently implementing for greater food system and agricultural sustainability and inclusivity. 

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Venue: Bangkok, Thailand

[1] As defined by the Inclusive Business Framework of the G20 and referenced in the Guidelines for the Promotion of Inclusive Business in ASEAN.

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