Private Sector & Smallholder Adaptation: What We Know
Companies purchasing from small farmers are often on the front lines delivering services, information and finance to communities hard hit by variable weather and other threats. Understanding how these companies are responding to the risks facing their farmer suppliers and supply chains is critical to developing effective partnerships for resilient value chains.
This webinar will share key takeaways from the Feed the Future Learning Community for Supply Chain Resilience, led by CIAT. Consortium partners from IITA, the Sustainable Food Lab and Root Capital will contribute findings from their engagement with the food and beverage industry and the finance sector regarding critical ways to align private sector investments with public sector and research programs for long-term impact in small farmer communities. The webinar will highlight the tools and processes developed to better assess the risk of temperature fluctuations, drought, and other shocks. Presenters will also discuss joint public-private solutions for mitigating those risks within farming communities and value chains.
Curt Reintsma is currently focusing his work on the intersection of international development and private sector investment in developing countries.
Reintsma previously served as a Senior Foreign Service Officer with USAID (he retired from Foreign Service in 2012). He was USAID’s Director for Donor Engagement from 2011-2012, and served as Mission Director in Malawi from 2006-2011, where he oversaw a $150 million portfolio of development activities in health, agriculture, education, democracy, and humanitarian assistance.
Reintsma has lived and worked a total of 18 years in Africa. Before Malawi, he was Director for Sudan Programs in Washington, and before that, held a variety of senior positions in Washington, including in the Africa Bureau and in Legislative and Public Affairs. Among many individual and team accomplishments, Reintsma served as one of the co- founders of the Global Development Alliance (GDA) initiative, and he led a team that started the Africa Food Security Initiative in the 1990s. Reintsma was awarded the Administrator’s Distinguished Career Service award in 2012, one of the Agency’s highest honors. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Reintsma directed agricultural projects in Africa and served for 4 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Indian Ocean islands.
Reintsma is a graduate of the Universities of Texas and Wisconsin, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics.
Elizabeth Teague serves as Environmental Performance Manager for Root Capital.
Stephanie Daniels is Senior Program Director, Agriculture & Development at the Sustainable Food Lab, a global network of corporate, NGO and research leaders dedicated to scaling sustainability
Mark Lundy is a Senior Scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, CIAT, in Cali, Colombia.
Mark is lead author of guides on rural enterprise development, the LINK method on inclusive business models and an active participant in multi-stakeholder forums focused on sustainability and smallholder inclusion. He holds a BA in International Affairs from American University as well as a MSc in Community and Regional Planning and a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Laurence Jassogne is a systems agronomist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA – CGIAR) based in Kampala, Uganda.