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Key lesson 6: Develop Adaptive & Inclusive Business Models and Plans

Proper consideration of land means that companies need to be ready to reduce concession sizes, adjust pre-conceived business plans and consider how to introduce more inclusive business models that do not require land acquisition. Numerous large-scale agricultural investments have been over-ambitious and some have ultimately failed. Recent pilot projects show how companies can reduce planned size of plantations to accommodate community land rights, and adopt more inclusive approaches with greater participation by out-growers and support diversified community-based businesses that strengthen livelihoods and food security.

The LEGEND report Investing Responsibly in Agricultural Land summarises the practical lessons of responsible land investment pilot in different settings and describes changes made to business plans and the reductions in the scale of land acquisitions by major companies:  

Other examples of inclusive business models featured in the 2016 -2019 responsible land investment pilots include:



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