The position of small-scale farmers and producers and other marginalized grous is often weak. Members of the Civic Engagement Alliance enlarge access to means of production, such as seed, finance and skills training so these people can be more self-sufficient in sustainable farming.
Markets often function imperfectly, excluding or exploiting small-scale producers and unskilled workers. The Alliance endorses that producer organizations link the interests of production for food security and production for market and income. The Alliance recognizes the importance of including poor and marginal groups in economic development processes and the importance of their empowerment, voice, and agency. For instance female producers play an essential role in the markets and value chains. Strengthening the enabling environment requires influencing policies, rules, and regulations for a good business environment for inclusive value chains and decent working conditions. Moreover, the service environment of value chains has to be developed in a pro-poor way; lobbying and advocacy for skills development is an important issue for the enabling environment by means of linking providers of skills training to private-sector and government actors and by developing policies for (vocational) skills education. Promoting and developing inclusive value chain governance, thus influencing decision-making in value chains, is key to making a sustainable impact. Furthermore, rules and regulations that promote fair and inclusive trade and investment policies are part of the enabling environment.