Rebalancing power in global food chains – lessons from Kenya

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Empowering Producers in Commercial agriculture (EPIC) is an IIED-led initiative to generate lessons on how rural producers, their associations and their wider communities can best empower themselves to articulate their development priorities, make informed choices, and negotiate effectively for equitable partnerships with progressive private sector actors in commercial agriculture.

This online event, the third in a series of EPIC webinars, will share and debate experiences of an approach to tackle challenges in a Kenya-UK green bean supply chain, through which farmers and workers secured a stronger voice and influenced the trading arrangements within a global value chain.


  • Mary Kambo, labour rights programme advisor at the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC)
  • Kashara Kitonga, a smallholder farmer in Meru, Kenya
  • Hazel Culley, Senior Food Sustainable Product and Raw Material Manager at Marks & Spencer (M&S)
  • Tom Wills, Policy Advisor at Traidcraft Exchange

The Panellists will tackle questions of interest to practitioners working on similar issues in different contexts, such as:

  • What were the most effective approaches for supporting farmers and workers in the green bean supply chain?
  • What conditions need to be in place for the approaches to work?
  • What challenges are likely to arise, and how can they be addressed?
  • What are the top tips for adapting the approaches to other contexts (commodities, supply chains, geographies)?

An introduction to the webinar and the topic with the perspectives from the panelllists will be followed by a facilitated discussion amongst webinar participants.

Webinar title: Rebalancing power in global food chains – lessons from Kenya

Designed for: Rural producer organisations, private sector, civil society and development agencies.

When: 12-1.30pm (BST) on Wednesday, 19 June, 2019

Where: From your desk or portable internet device. Webinars are online workshops that people can attend via the internet.

This webinar will use Adobe Connect. For those who have not attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, please test your connection once you have registered. A quick start guide for desktop or mobile access (PDF) is also available.

You will receive a link to the Adobe Connect meeting and details of how to access the webinar in your confirmation email when you register.

EPIC is funded by UK aid from the UK government through its Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) programme, though the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the UK government. CASA seeks to increase economic opportunities for smallholders by demonstrating the commercial viability of businesses with significant smallholder supply chains and attracting more investment into the sector.

Cover image: Women and children pick green beans at the Dodicha Vegetable Cooperative in Ethiopia. The beans will be sold to a local exporter, who will sell them to supermarkets in Europe (Photo) K Stefanova/USAID.

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