Briefing note: Private sector engagement
This brief explains the relevance of private sector engagement to SCALA, outlines proposed interventions to address this topic in the SCALA country work plans and summarizes useful resources as well as support available from the global team. Within the private sector, it is important to highlight the key role played by agri-businesses in ensuring the sustainable development of AFOLU sectors, given their impact on natural capital (deforestation and the loss of biodiversity), social issues (human rights, decent work, gender equality and land tenure security) and the livelihoods of communities on a local level. At the same time smallholder farmers are key enablers of agri-business value chains. Developing viable resilient livelihood strategies, including through increased market access and market development opportunities for smallholders, is thus critical to ensure the growth and resilience of the AFOLU sectors, ultimately benefiting both agri-businesses and smallholder farming communities.