Truvalu: developing fair and inclusive agro and food value chains

Truvalu: developing fair and inclusive agro and food value chains

Truvalu aims to develop fair and inclusive agro and food chains, by supporting innovative and scalable SMEs in emerging markets.They do this by partnering with high potential entrepreneurs and multiple value chain actors in order to make global value chains more fair and inclusive. Currently, Truvalu is in the process to build a conceptual model that can be used to transform value chains into more inclusive systems. The PrC was asked by Truvalu to provide inputs to build such a model, based on academic (action) research. For PrC this request fits perfectly within its research agenda, especially considering the transformative and innovative nature of Truvalu’s endeavor. Moreover, it provides an excellent opportunity to bridge science and practice. On the one hand it is an opportunity to provide scientific insights for Truvalu’s conceptual model and on the other hand to extract insights from Truvalu’s impressive and interesting investment portfolio and pilot projects.

Two master students at RSM are making a first contribution to the conceptual model of Truvalu through a literature review (on inclusive value chains, certification, collaborative business models, partnering capacities, etc.) and conducting exploratory empirical research by looking into Truvalu’s portfolio. Parallel to the work of the master students and building on their output, Truvalu and PrC will jointly work on an action research proposal to require funding needed to conduct such research. PrC and Truvalu will sign a MoU as a starting point of their collaboration.