The Company Capability Scan for Inclusive Agribusiness

Welcome to the Company Capability Scan for inclusive agribusiness. The tool is developed by BoP Innovation centre in collaboration with PPP Lab. It supports the assessment of the company with respect to its internal capacity to induce and roll out inclusive agribusiness initiatives in developing countries.

We define “Inclusive Agri Business initiatives” as projects that have the following characteristics:

●      Durable: promotes long-term, stable trading relationships;

●      Equitable: increases market access for smallholders with an equitable balance of risk, responsibilities and benefits and/or increases access to affordable food products for low-income consumers

●      Effective: strengthens purchaser access to consistent supplies based on viable business models

●      Adaptable: enables flexibility to respond to changing market, social and environmental conditions in low income economies;

●      Credible: offers real benefits to all private sector parties involved, in the form of stable commercial relations that can be tracked and reported on.

●      Market- based: supports fully commercial business models to flourish in low income markets to guarantee financial sustainability.

How can the company capability scan help you?

This online tool will help you to uncover the internal capabilities your company has or should have to become successful in developing markets. It will support your company to get a better grip on and receive public recognition for its potential and ambition to develop business models that include low-income people. The tool also serves as a good baseline and/or progress measurement tool in organisational development tracks.

How does it work?

Via this tool, you will map your company’s internal capabilities which are categorized in Resources, Processes and Values. Each category represents several topics that are relevant for companies to succeed in developing markets and to contribute to the SDGs.

Block 1: Values

  • Leadership
  • Mission, vision, corporate strategy
  • IAB culture and awareness
  • Innovation culture

Block 2: Processes

  • Organizational processes and systems
  • Learning systems and –mechanisms
  • Data collection and impact measurement
  • Funding and partnerships

Block 3: Resources

  • Staff competencies to deliver projects and project results
  • Adaptive learning staff
  • Tangible assets
  • Intangible assets

The tool will help you to assess to what extent employees from different levels of the organization feel that these building blocks are in place. Each building block includes several statements about important aspects of the company’s internal capacity. Employees are asked to answer on a scale of 1-4 to what extent they feel each aspect is embedded in the organization. The results of the assessment are then graphically plotted: one personal graph per employee and one graph with results of all employees together. It is possible to stay anonymous as an employee during this exercise.

Comparing the overall graphs reveals similarities and differences between employees’ opinions, providing a first insight into the organisation’s status quo and capacity gaps. An additional service is developed by BoPinc and PPP lab, to ensure that the use of the tool is not just a “filling-in exercise”. The additional support will allow for in-depth staff-reflection, inspiration and prioritization and design an actionable track for improving the agribusiness in developing markets.

The original source based on which this tool has been developed is the RPV Framework by Clayton M. Christensen (2001).


BoP Innovation Center provides services and tools to develop inclusive businesses in the ‘Base of the Pyramid’ (BoP). The BoP is a demographic term that covers the approximately 4,5 billion people who have to live on less than US $ 8 per day. Inclusive business refers to commercially and socially viable business models which include the people in the BoP as consumers, producers and entrepreneurs in the supply chain. Our mission is to develop new business activities with entrepreneurs and companies that aim to deliver value to and with communities in the BoP.


PPPLab is a four-year action research and joint learning & support initiative (2014-2018) to learn about the relevance, effectiveness and quality of Dutch supported public-private partnerships (PPPs). Its mission is to extract and co-create knowledge and methodological lessons from and on PPPs that can be used to improve both implementation and policy.