I am an independent policy, advocacy and communications consultant, specialising in emerging markets and international development.
Other Topics on my radar:
Agriculture; growth; infrastructure; support to small businesses and smallholder farmers; the potential for wealth creation in Africa by integrating small businesses into supply chains for larger African and international businesses.
The issue of process cannot be overemphacized. The rai process in the CFS is actually undergoing an extensive inclusive consultation where civil society organizations and producers' organizations are heavily invested. It would seem to be important to harvest the fruits of that for the BBA as well, and to link up the BBA to the results of the rai. This will enable for more coherent policy recommendations.
To answer Q4: Best practice dissemination is valuable, but there are risks as different contexts require different solutions. What is important is the provision of a set of guiding principles. I think it is imperative that the BBA look to some of the existing human rights frameworks already available that can be applied to the role of business - such as the Ruggie principles on business and human rights. The private sector has an important role to play but there are risks involved - landgrabbing being an obvious one. The BBA should go beyond creating an attractive business climate to also encourage states to apply existing regulatory frameworks to protect their small holders and ensure due dilligence by companies.
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