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Agriculture and Food Security

Agriculture is the primary source of gross domestic product and livelihood in most developing nations, particularly affecting rural communities and youth, women and disadvantaged populations.

Our team applies value chain, finance, policy, training and market linkage methodologies to improve availability and affordability of inputs, agriculture production, post-harvest handling, output markets and price discovery information, and exports, with improvements to farmer and other stakeholder capabilities to generate higher volumes and efficiencies that increase household incomes.

We work closely with our partner firms around the world to leverage their international presence and commercial network to produce public/private sector alliances that arrive at commercially viable solutions for long-term agriculture development and food security impact.

Services

Developing competitive agribusiness and agro-industries is crucial for generating employment and income opportunities. They have the potential to provide employment for the rural population not only in farming, but also in off-farm activities such as handling, packaging, processing, transporting and marketing of food and agricultural products.

There are clear indications that agribusiness and agro-industries are having a significant global impact on economic development and poverty reduction, in both urban and rural communities. However, their full potential as an engine for economic development has not yet been realized in many developing countries, especially in South Asia.

To address these issues, dkompany will facilitate the transformation of South Asia’s agribusiness and agro-industries in a manner that accelerates economic growth, creates new job opportunities and reduces poverty.

The world’s population is predicted to increase to 9 billion people by 2050. Some of the world’s highest rates of population growth are predicted to occur in areas that are highly dependent on the agriculture sector (crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries) and have high rates of food insecurity. Growth in the agriculture sector is one of the most effective means of reducing poverty and achieving food security.

dkompany’s vision for sustainable agriculture sector production systems requires integration across the sector and of social, economic and environmental considerations. The use of sustainable production practices and technologies implies a more holistic view of agriculture sector production and its connection with natural resources. Such practices include, for example, agroforestry systems, crop–livestock integration and crop–aquaculture production, with connections among them to promote the conservation and use of ecosystem services.

There is sufficient capacity in the world to produce enough food to feed everyone adequately, nevertheless, in spite of progress made over the last two decades, 793 million people still suffer from chronic hunger. Among children, it is estimated that 161 million under five years of age are chronically malnourished (stunted). At the same time, an estimated 500 million people are obese.

Beyond the ethical dimensions of this complex problem, the human, social and economic costs to society at large are enormous in terms of lost productivity, health, well-being, decreased learning ability and reduced fulfillment of human potential.

dkompany, working with governments, civil society, the private sector and other development partners is focusing on fostering political commitment and accountability, improving capacities and mobilizing resources at all levels to eradicate hunger and all forms of malnutrition.

Agricultural markets are rapidly globalizing, generating new consumption patterns and new production and distribution systems. Value chains, often controlled by multinational or national firms and supermarkets, are capturing a growing share of the agri-food systems in developing regions. They can provide opportunities for quality employment for men and women, yet they can also be channels to transfer costs and risks to the weakest nodes.

Against this background, dkompany seeks to intervene to help address the many challenges, across the value chain that small producers, and even small economies face. Food and agricultural systems need to improve their inclusiveness by linking smallholder producers with agribusiness enterprises and supply chains for their effective and sustainable participation in rapidly changing global, regional and national markets.

Each year, millions of people who depend on the production, marketing and consumption of crops, livestock, fish, forests and other natural resources are confronted by disasters and crises. They can strike suddenly - like an earthquake or a violent coup d’état - or unfold slowly - like drought-flood cycles. These emergencies threaten the production of, and access to, food at local, national and, at times, regional and global levels.

dkompany’s work focuses on developing, protecting and restoring sustainable livelihoods so that the integrity of societies that depend on farming, livestock, fish, forests and other natural resources is not threatened by crises. It uses a “twin-track” approach, on the one hand taking immediate steps to protect and support agriculture, food and nutrition, and on the other addressing in the longer term the underlying factors driving risks, disasters and crises.

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