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Projects - Research Projects



1) Research project on “assessing the potential and dynamics involved in establishing a tender coconut supply chain”

LEDS is currently undertaking a research project on ‘Assessing the potential and dynamics involved in establishing a tender coconut supply chain’. While attempting to establish a tender coconut supply chain in India, it is imperative understand the end to-end dynamics of the chain involving tender coconut procurement, distribution, sales, capability building and new product development. This would provide information for formulating appropriate strategies and business plan that is sustainable as well as paving way for future interventions involving high-end value addition. The research covers analysis of existing supply chain model for fresh tender coconuts, analysis of supply side dynamics, analysis of Trade Channels for TCs and analysis of consumer preferences and optimal product mix.


2) Research Project on “Assessing the Potential of Social Economy Enterprises for Realizing MDGs

Is designed for poverty eradication and stimulating local economic development via forging partnerships between local governments, community based organisations and the NGO/private sector. LEDS partners with Kudumbashree Mission in this project. The project envisages managing existing local resources to create livelihood opportunities for the poor and stimulate the local economy.The Homeshop value chain is a local production-marketing-consumption value chain. It operates by linking local Kudumbashree enterprises to the local consumers through a network of women direct-sellers and a professional management team.

In this project, LEDS investigates the potential of ‘social economy enterprise’ for realizing MDGs. ‘social economy enterprises’ are organizations which provide certain goods or services, but do so with an explicit social purpose. They give equal priority to their social/developmental goals and their financial goals. Unlike conventional enterprises, they are not primarily driven by profit motive or investor interest.

Using a case study approach, detailed case studies of five selected social enterprises are developed. Five sets of information were collected:

(a) the organization’s history and business philosophy

(b) its structure and business model;

(c) market conditions, in particular global market(s);

(d) its policy environment;

(e) its development impact.

A survey instrument was be used to interview various members in these enterprises. Interviewees included senior management, workers and members as the case may be, with purposive sampling when necessary to ensure gender representation

Second, LEDS develop a detailed analysis of the policy environment in which SE enterprises operate. This involved:

(a) analysis of policy documents;

(b) interviews with relevant policy-making bodies

(c) interviews of enterprises.

From here we will generate recommendations for policy support.

Third, we analysed global strategies. The hypothesis was that international alliances between SE enterprises are essential for this purpose. LEDS examined the potential for creating Sustainable Value Chains (SVC), i.e., value chains which link SE enterprises in Canada and India. We will continue this research to assess SVCs as a global strategy.

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