This seminar will present results on a DfID funded research study on the nature and quality of smallholder data collection by Agribusinesses in East Africa. Looking across six different value chains (leather, mangoes, livestock, dairy, tea and maize), the seminar will cover barriers and incentives for collecting more relevant data on smallholders who work with agribusinesses and their applicability towards the SDGs. The seminar will also reflect on the challenges for evaluators in engaging with stakeholder groups (such as investors and purchasing groups), the role of digital technologies making information collection easier, and how that ultimately effects evaluation results.
8 November 2018 - 1:00pm
Speaker(s): Peter O'Flynn, Seife Ayele

This seminar will present results on a DfID funded research study on the nature and quality of smallholder data collection by Agribusinesses in East Africa. Looking across six different value chains (leather, mangoes, livestock, dairy, tea and maize), the seminar will cover barriers and incentives for collecting more relevant data on smallholders who work with agribusinesses and their applicability towards the SDGs. The seminar will also reflect on the challenges for evaluators in engaging with stakeholder groups (such as investors and purchasing groups), the role of digital technologies making information collection easier, and how that ultimately effects evaluation results.

About the speakers

Peter O’Flynn is a Research Officer in the Business, Markets and the State cluster at IDS. His primary focus is on Development Finance and Impact Investing. Peter’s research interests also include social impact measurement methodologies, agribusiness value chains, trade, participation, and entrepreneurship. He is currently involved in a number of evaluations, including a 10-year longitudinal evaluation of CDC Group, the UK's Development Finance Institution.

Seife Ayele is a development economist with over 20 years’ experience in research, teaching and development practice. His work focuses on agricultural innovations and development, technology access and adoption, biotech crops regulation, and enterprise development. He is currently a fellow in the Business, Markets and the State cluster at the Institute of Development Studies.

Location:
Room 221
Institute of Development Studies Library Road
BN1 9RE Brighton
United Kingdom
GB
Partner(s): Institute of Development Studies