Integrating SMEs into global value chains: Challenges and actions from Asia

Asian Development Bank

This 2015 report by the Asian Development Bank does not directly look at global food supply chains but has valuable and wide-reaching lessons. Since the involvement of SMEs into global value chains is integral to redistributive economic growth, the potential for SMEs to shape public private partnerships for nutrition is huge. The report covers all aspects of SME participation in global value chains, including trends, common barriers, financing, and trade regulations. In particular, there are some interesting examples of industry partnership models in the area of skills development. The section on how to help SMEs develop ties with larger industrial partners is especially helpful in global food supply chains. Smallholder farmers wanting better market share must be equipped to manage multiculturalism and be supported to access international markets. 

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