Workers packaging rice in Uganda

Evidence on Investing Responsibly in Agribusinesses: A series of case studies

A series of case studies exploring agribusinesses’ experiences in applying principles for responsible investment in agriculture.

These case studies provide agribusinesses with examples of how to implement principles for responsible investment and social business conduct through concrete actions. They illustrate agribusinesses’ efforts to become more responsible, including the problems they face, the solutions they find, and the perspectives of farmers, communities, and other stakeholders on the results. As such, they offer insights and lessons to other agribusinesses seeking to take a similar path.    

IISD partnered with the Smallholder Safety Net Up-Scaling Programme (SSNUP) to conduct seven case studies analyzing how well their investees perform and comply with the Committee on World Food Security’s Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI). SSNUP aims to promote sustainable, climate-smart farming practices and improve food security and living standards in developing countries by bringing together investors to help agribusinesses—including crop producers, processors, and traders—adopt more responsible and sustainable practices.  

In conducting these case studies, we worked closely with Appui au Développement Autonome (ADA), which coordinates the SSNUP program. The case studies provide key findings and lessons learned that can guide investors and agribusinesses seeking to enhance their impact and improve development outcomes for local farmers, communities, and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector.