8 episodes

From the role of trade in climate action to the implementation of new technologies in farming, Trade Forward explores innovation at the intersection of trade and development. Featuring entrepreneurs, researchers, practitioners and other experts, this podcast focuses on the untold stories of trade driving transformations across the world.

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From the role of trade in climate action to the implementation of new technologies in farming, Trade Forward explores innovation at the intersection of trade and development. Featuring entrepreneurs, researchers, practitioners and other experts, this podcast focuses on the untold stories of trade driving transformations across the world.

    How can small businesses survive coronavirus?  

    How can small businesses survive coronavirus?  

    Most businesses in the world – up to 95% – are small businesses. The coronavirus pandemic has left many of them behind: most will not have enough cash to survive a month-long break during the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, businesses are being forced to behave in extraordinary ways.But every cloud has a silver lining, and while this crisis has a tremendous impact, it will also provide a trigger for innovation. To learn how small businesses are adapting and reinventing themselves, we hear from two businesses, Artisan.Fashion from Kenya and MaiyaMuna from The Gambia. For more info, check out the International Trade Centre's efforts to support youth through its ITC Youth Empowerment Project and the fashion industry through ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative.

    • 24 min
    How can international players help small businesses survive coronavirus?

    How can international players help small businesses survive coronavirus?

    What challenges are small businesses facing during the COVID-19 outbreak? Some of these firms have only enough cash to last a few days. So how can international players work together to help small businesses adapt quickly, in practical ways?  In this episode, we talk to John Denton, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce – which represents more than 45 million companies in over 100 countries – about key actions to take to tackle the challenges of small businesses now and beyond COVID-19.Learn more here about how the International Trade Centre provides training and guidance to support small businesses during COVID-19!

    • 24 min
    How can farmers earn more… sustainably?

    How can farmers earn more… sustainably?

    How can farmers produce more – in a way that’s good for people and planet – to feed the booming global population? And how can agriculture attract young people? Fact: Most farmers are close to retirement age.To answer these questions and more, we talk to agriculture expert Samuel Adimado, Managing Director of Kuapa Kokoo, a cooperative of cocoa farmers in Ghana and a leading producer of ethical cocoa beans.For more info, check out the International Trade Centre's efforts to support farmers and improve sustainability in global value chains through the Alliances for Actions Initiative. 

    • 16 min
    How to dig deep to support digital entrepreneurs?

    How to dig deep to support digital entrepreneurs?

    Digital is changing how business is done. How can entrepreneurs succeed online… at scale? That's an 'invisible' role that business support organizations play. In this episode, we ask Christian Jekinnou, the former Executive Manager of Afric’Innov, an innovation programme dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship in Africa, how accelerators, incubators, fablabs and other business support organizations can boost entrepreneurship.Learn more about Afric'Innov here. You can also check out the International Trade Centre's efforts to support digital entrepreneurship through the Digital Entrepreneurship Initiative in Africa.

    • 19 min
    How can young entrepreneurs empower others?

    How can young entrepreneurs empower others?

    How do you picture young innovators? What is the role of youth in global trade? We talk to Charles Ofori Antipem, co-founder of the global award-winning Ghanaian start-up Dext Technology, who shares his ideas on what it means to be a young boss. His goal is to innovate to see more scientists rise from Africa. Hear his inspiring story. Learn more about Dext Technology and their Science Set. You can also check out the International Trade Centre's efforts to support young people through the Youth and Trade Programme. 

    • 21 min
    Does trade work for women?

    Does trade work for women?

    Did you know there are more Fortune 500 CEOs named John than there are women? How can trade help tackle this gender imbalance? In this episode, Professor Stephanie Barrientos from the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester joins us to explore how women can benefit from the way trade is evolving. If you want to know more, check out Professor Barrientos' latest book, Gender and Work in Global Value Chains. You can also have a look at the work of the International Trade Centre on women empowerment through e-commerce in Central America and the SheTrades programme.   

    • 17 min

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