Inclusive Agribusiness Southeast Asia Roundtable

September 23-24 2015, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Leading companies in Southeast Asia are developing new inclusive business models that help secure their supply base, meet the food demands of consumers and reduce environmental impacts. These new models are profitable for business and also enhance food security and alleviate poverty. They create value for all players across the value chain, especially smallholder farmers and small businesses.

Now the challenge is to scale up and replicate these efforts. This requires innovation in business practices, creative investment and financing strategies and new partnerships.

The Inclusive Agribusiness Roundtable will connect business leaders with key development practitioners, policy makers and research experts who are working at the cutting edge of inclusive approaches to agribusiness.


The Roundtable will help identify specific opportunities for investment in agricultural development, barriers to growth, critical areas for future innovation and research, and policy requirements to drive greater business-led inclusive growth. It will explore practical and innovative solutions to the challenges of growing inclusive agribusinesses in Southeast Asia and provide a forum to share experiences and lessons learned.

It is a key step in building an active, regional network of strategic stakeholders for continued exchange and innovation.


100 leading representatives from business, farmer associations, research institutions and development organisations (donors and NGOs) primarily from Southeast Asia, by invitation only.


Participants will cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Select sponsorship may be available where necessary. You can find more information on visa and accommodation here.

Background Research

Policy-oriented research and analysis will support the Roundtable to help take conversations and innovations further and faster. The research will have four interlinked strands:

1. Understanding regional patterns, trends and stakeholders.  The business and policy context in the region presents both challenges and opportunities.  It is necessary to understand this boarder context and the macro policy and economic conditions in which inclusive agribusiness development is situated

2. Understanding inclusive agribusiness practice.  Numerous examples of effective inclusive agribusiness already exist in the region.

3. Understanding processes and enablers of inclusive agribusiness innovation.  The emergence of a variety of inclusive agribusiness initiatives represents a critical source of innovation in food systems. These innovations are embedded in novel business models and have organisational, institutional (contracting, marketing, branding, etc) and technological dimensions.

4. Understanding financing arrangements for inclusive agribusiness.  Access to investment financing is key to the growth of businesses and sectors.


The research will be sequenced. An initial analysis will be undertaken to provide contextual and business practice guidance for the roundtable event. A second phase of analysis in the period up to December 2015 will explore  relevant issues which shape inclusive agribusiness innovation in the region in order to determine future priority direction of analysis and learning.

The concept note about research supporting the Roundtable can be found: Concept note Learning-from-inclusive-agribusiness-innovation-practice. Other research materials will be published soon here.

Business Cases

There are numerous examples of effective inclusive agribusiness in the region. These present an opportunity to identify the different types of business models in use, the benefits these models deliver to poor people, the nature of inclusive business practice, the scalability or replicability of these models and practices, and the capacity building needs of businesses.

We will document and share these examples of inclusive agribusiness practices as a basis for future capacity building efforts.

Convenors and funding

The two-day event is being jointly convened by World Economic Forum’s Grow Asia Partnership, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia’s Food Systems Innovation (FSI) Initiative, the Seas of Change Initiative, and the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development.

Besides the support from the convenors, the event is also being funded by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.