Great Expectations: Realising social and environmental benefits from public-private partnerships in agricultural supply chains



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Key messages

  • Public-private partnerships (PPPs) in agricultural supply chains can help solve social and environmental problems, like deforestation, that need collaborative solutions. However, they do not offer the same value as strong policy frameworks.
  • Securing social and environment benefits from PPPs requires: balancing the different cultures and objectives of partners; strengthening the capacity of local partners to implement activities on the ground; exerting pressure on businesses to move towards better practices, realised through campaigns and brand concerns.
  • Criteria should be developed to determine under what conditions public sector funding is considered appropriate to support PPPs. These should be based on an analysis of the social, environmental and economic outcomes, and full costs and benefits, of the proposed intervention.
  • Private sector should provide funding and matches to public sector funds, both because of the business benefits and to strengthen buy-in.


Brickell, Emily
Elias, Patricia