The Inclusive Business Scan

The Inclusive Business Scan

Rikolto, with support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has developed the Inclusive Business Scan (powered by SenseMaker) to organise real-time feedback on inclusive business in smallholder supply chains.

Voices that count. The inclusive business scan, by Rikolto

Rikolto (formerly VECO) developed a method to reveal crucial insights on the inclusion of smallholders in agricultural value chains complementing conventional data collection methods, powered by Sensemaker®. In this publication, we've collected years of experience with the tool, that has given voice to more than 2,000 smallholders,

With support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation VECO has developed the Inclusive Business Scan (powered by SenseMaker) to organize real-time feedback on inclusive business in smallholder supply chains. SenseMaker is an innovative approach based on the collection of large amounts of micro-narratives that are self-signified (interpreted) by the storyteller. In so doing, respondents make a primary assessment of their stories, adding a deeper layer of meaning to the stories and removing the potential bias of a third party interpreting the data. A pattern-detection software analyses the micro-narratives and turns the original qualitative data into aggregated visual patterns and statistical data, which offers insight into real-time issues and fast-response measures. SenseMaker provides a powerful, natural and intuitive approach to gain multiple perspectives and new insights into complex systems. VECO rolled out this SenseMaker application in four different value chains around the world, capturing the voice of more than 2000 farmers in Nicaragua (Cacao), Senegal (Rice), Congo (Coffee) and Indonesia (Cacao).

Voices that Count. The Inclusive Business Scan, a summary.

Discover the method to reveal crucial insights on the inclusion of smallholders in agricultural value chains complementing conventional data collection methods, powered by Sensemaker® in just a few pages.

VECO has rolled out Sensemaker in four different value chains around the world, making the voices heard of 2011 stakeholders:

  • 415 in Nicaragua (cocoa)
  • 328 in Senegal (rice),
  • 751 in the DRCongo (coffee)
  • 517 in Indonesia (cocoa)