SURAJ SUDHAKAR, REGIONAL FELLOWS MANAGER, ON EXTENDING "THE ACUMEN WAY" TO EMERGING LEADERS IN THE REGIONS WE WORK
DEVELOPING LEADERS WHO CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO, WORK ACROSS LINES OF DIFFERENCE, AND INSPIRE THEIR COMMUNITIES TO BELIEVE IN A BRIGHTER FUTURE.
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FOR SMALLHOLDER FARMERS, ACCESS TO AGRICULTURAL INNOVATIONS CAN TRANSFORM A LIFE OF POVERTY INTO A FUTURE OF PRODUCTIVITY
GROWING PROSPERITY: DEVELOPING REPEATABLE MODELS® TO SCALE THE ADOPTION OF AGRICULTURE INNOVATIONS
More than 2.5 billion of the world’s poor rely on agriculture for their livelihood. Helping these smallholder farmers gain access to better products and inputs has the potential to improve their lives permanently. Because when farmers grow more food and earn more income, they are better able to provide for their families, send their children to school and invest in improving their farms. Growing Prosperity, a new report by Acumen and Bain & Company produced with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, unveils how social enterprises can find new, effective ways to profitably serve these hard-to-reach customers at scale.
BUILDING REPEATABLE MODELS®
For agriculture-focused pioneer firms, building Repeatable Models® is at the heart of achieving scaled adoption.
The best Repeatable Models® are built on what companies do best, and they enable the companies to replicate these successes over and over again with new customers and new products, and in new geographies.
The framework and checklist include four key elements for creating a Repeatable Model®, tailored for agriculture-focused pioneer firms operating in very challenging markets and starting from a small base of customers. The goal of this framework is to provide leaders of pioneer firms with a way to think through and discuss their path to “good scale” with their management teams, frontline personnel and investors.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT GROWING PROSPERITY
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