LINK methodology

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Tool typology: 
Innovation in business models
Description: 

Helps actors understand the current functioning of the market chain and key business models, design innovations that empower producer groups to engage more effectively and buyers to act in ways more amenable to smallholder farmers.

Objective: 
Helps actors understand the current functioning of the market chain and key business models, design innovations that empower producer groups to engage more effectively and buyers to act in ways more amenable to smallholder farmers.
Type of tool: 
Qualitative
Methodology: 

Road map, business model principles, checklists, scoring tools, business metrics (quantitative & qualitative)

Implementation procedure: 
1) Mapping the value chain 2) Build business model 3) Inclusive business principles scorecard 4) identify areas for intervention 5) prepare for action and monitoring
References: 

Lundy, M., Becx, G., Zamierowski, N., Amrein, A., Hurtado, J.J., Mosquera, E.E., Rodriguez. F. 2012. LINK methodology: A participatory guide to business models that link smallholders to markets. Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), Cali, Colombia. 171 p. -- (CIAT Publication No. 380) ISBN 978-958-694-114-3 (PDF)

Lundy M, Gottret MV, Ashby J. Learning Alliances: An approach for building multistakeholder innovation systems. Rome: Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) Initiative; 2005. 

 

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Commodity: 
Domesticated Animal: 
Version: 
2
First released on: 
Monday, July 8, 2013
Last version on: 
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Format: 
PDF
Target audience: 
Development practitioner