Casa 4×4: Grahame Dixie Answers Questions Drawing His Recent Experience at Grow Asia
The CASA breakthrough webinars are taking a summer break, however on 30 June 2021 we will be launching our new approach to sharing information, and Grahame Dixie from Grow Asia will be driving our first 4×4.
What is 4×4?
We are asking you to think about the questions we should be asking Grahame. We will then pose 4 of these questions to him and ask him to give us a 4-minute answer. Grahame has great experience of agri-investment in Asia and beyond.
Grahame was a panellist in CASA Webinar 5: Making Inclusivity Work: A role for legal empowerment. What impressed us was the way that he was able to combine an overview with very detailed explanations of what is what is happening on the ground.
He has a host of knowledge to share and these are some of the things he could talk about – but we are looking for you to shape the questions to meet the needs of an investor
Some topic areas could include:
- What can we learn from the review of 178 agribusiness investments made by the CDC over a 50-year period? This could include:
- risk and failure factors and the business models appeared to have lower risk,
- the pain caused to out growers when business failed,
- the importance of allowing the on-sale of distressed agricultural assets,
- the fact that occasionally such investments can be truly transformative, opening new business sectors, creating thousands of new jobs and brining in millions of dollars new income into rural economies.
- What can we learn from the World Bank and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development study of how 38 mature socially responsible businesses achieved positive community relations?
- What can we learn from ASEAN guidelines on responsible agricultural investment? How can we help investors with simple guidelines, not confuse them with multiple sets of overlapping guidance?
Grahame Dixie is the Executive Director of Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder partnership platform that catalyzes action on inclusive agricultural development in South East Asia. The platform convenes governments, farmers, NGOs and other stakeholders to co-create value chain initiatives focused on smallholder farmers and environmental sustainability of agriculture. Grow Asia was established by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat.
Grahame joined Grow Asia in December 2016 and helms the unique regional partnership, which is generating impact through national-level initiatives in five countries.
Grahame brings over 35 years of professional experience as a practitioner of agricultural development in over 75 countries, including an early career in the private sector. For over a decade, he served as the World Bank’s lead agribusiness advisor where he was involved in the design and review of the World Bank’s portfolio of projects linking smaller scale farmers to markets and agribusinesses. These programs leveraged public and private investment and involved innovative financing and research on key issues. His work included advising World Bank teams globally on project design, emerging good practices and key trends in the food and farming sector, with a focus on market-orientated farming and multi-stakeholder partnerships. More recently, Grahame has served as an advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).