Strengthen the weakest link
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CTA. 2002. Strengthen the weakest link. Spore 100. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Building businesses with small producers By S Kapila & D Mead, ITDG Publications, 2002. 137 pp. ISBN 1853394947 GBP 14.95 Euro 23.45
With more and more producers and processors wanting to set up their own small business, here is a good book about one of the most important steps on the way. Commercial business development services (BDS) have emerged in the past decade as the best strategy to support individual entrepreneurs, especially in rural areas where market structures tend to be poor. A BDS provides a range of advisory services, in a one-stop shop style, in such areas as marketing, access to technology, and business management skills. This book is based on comparative analyses of seven small agricultural producers all over the world, including in Ghana and Zimbabwe, of their needs in setting up businesses to sell their produce and of the potential support which a BDS should give in each case. It gives a fascinating introduction into the methodology used by a BDS and, whilst being of most value in assessing the establishment of one, it can also give a small entrepreneur an insight into the development of her or his enterprise. Unfortunately, all the cases concern projects with a history of NGO support, whereas an analysis of the needs of independently started businesses might have been closer to reality and made even more interesting reading. Building businesses with small producers By S Kapila & D Mead, ITDG Publications, 2002. 137 pp. ISBN 1853394947 GBP 14.95 Euro 23.45 ITDG Publications 103-105 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HL, UK Fax: + 44 20 7436 2013 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.developmentbookshop.com