Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Enterprise Development

Achieving economic growth that reduces poverty requires focusing not only on access to markets, inputs, technology, and a whole range of services for the small and very small firms that the poor own and operate, but also on the performance of industries in which large numbers of the poor participate, as workers and entrepreneurs. Enterprise development can create wealth in poor communities by sustainably linking large numbers of micro- and small enterprises (MSEs) into international, national and/or local value chains, while addressing the systemic constraints MSEs face in taking advantage of market opportunities. The structures, systems and relationships that define the value chain can be influenced to enable MSEs to improve (or upgrade) their products and processes, and thereby contribute to and benefit from the chain’s competitiveness.