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The 2019 conference focused on the need for international development practitioners to move from a 'project' to a 'systems' mentality in order to achieve sustainable and scalable impact. 

The conference focused on three themes emphasising the need for practitioners to work with governments and the private sector in their efforts to:

  • reduce systemic risks related to agriculture and policy, business models and financial systems
  • improve people’s access to clean water, health and nutrition
  • increase inclusion of smallholders in commercial markets, including women, youth and other marginalised people

The report looks at each of these themes, providing examples from the conference of how they have been tackled.