Inclusive Business & Public Policy In the area "Inclusive Business & Public Policy”, we focus on value chain inclusion of producers. Projects aim at the integration of local agricultural producers into the international value chain. The objective is the promotion of socio-economic local development through a fair value distribution along members of the production chain. We support organizations in identifying potential improvements in the production and trade of agricultural goods, to measure and subsequently communicate generated impact to the consumer. On the other hand, we analyze public policies for regional or sectoral development on their efficacy and design. A special focus is on the incentive setting the beneficiaries to develop organizational forms that enhance commercial activities outside of public initiatives. This transition to marked solutions is considered to contribute substantially to the producer's autonomy and generate spillover effects in the region. Some of our Projects: Implementing institutional markets for small-holder farmers - The case of the Brazilian school food program Luc Wüst, University of St.Gallen (PhD Candidate) (ongoing) This project analyzes the implementation of public policies in the context of the nationwide "fome zero" initiative to abolish malnutrition. One pillar of the governmental program focuses on the empowerment of small-holder producers. The initiative "Programa Nacional de Alimentação Escolar" provides students of public schools with daily meals since 1955. In 2009, the policy has widened its scope to support small-hold farmers through a new regulation that obliges municipalities to buy 30% of their food supply from these producers. However, the results after six years are mixed. While some municipalities source by far more than the required percentage from small-holders, other municipalities do not procure from them at all. This study analyses the implementation process of this social policy within the municipal context to detect organizational factors that influence successful outcome of the policy. Theoretically, the research draws from institutional organization theory. This research is done under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Kuno Schedler and Dr. Roland Scherer and in partnership with Prof. Dr. Sylvia Saes from the center for organization studies (CORS) at the University of São Paulo. Assessing Value Creation in Inclusive Business Chains University of St.Gallen Hub São Paulo & CORS FEA USP (ongoing project ) This project's objective is to: • Showcase innovative voluntary corporate strategies of inclusive business promoting value creation along production chains à serves as unique selling proposition for conscious consumers • Identify potential for strategy and operational improvements along the value chain • Go beyond conventional theorizing ‘what should work in corporate socio-environmental engagement’ towards ‘what is already being done at the front-line’ • Support companies with a neutral third-party assessment which can be repeated in different years to allow improvement comparisons • In some cases, a control group is established. Several potential partners are being approached. The ultimate objective is to create a database of benchmarks as well as a comparative study Impact Assessment - Water Management Program in Brazil's Mainland Simon Locher (University of St.Gallen) and Vivamos Mejor (concluded in 2014) The Vale do Jequitinhonha in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, suffers a lack of water due to irregular rainfall and drying out of streams. Furthermore, economically the region is known as one of the poorest in Brazil. In order to foster the development of the valley, the Centro de Agricultura Alternativa Vicente Nica (CAVI) promotes family farming through alternative techniques revitalizing the region. The most popular method are so-called water harvesting ponds. With a relatively low investment, CAVI manages to revitalize dried-out streams and stimulate the agricultural production of the families. The organization counts on contributions of international donors. The Swiss foundation Vivamos Mejor (VM) invests since 2008 in the region’s development. In order to evaluate the socio-economic impact of the investments made in such water harvesting ponds, Simon Locher defined a series of indicators together with CAVI, VM and the beneficiaries. Mr. Locher conducted over 30 interviews with families in the rural area of the Vale do Jequitinhonha.