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The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid by C. K. Prahalad, Harvey C. Fruehauf

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Chapter IV. Known Problems and Systemwide Reform

Many of the problems at the BOP require systemwide reform not piecemeal solutions. Government departments and firms tend to focus on subsystems with which they are familiar or have control over. In this section we examine several examples of firms approaching systemwide reform.

The movement of grain from the farm to the table in India, with its subsistence farmers, an archaic system of logistics and trading renders the agricultural processing system very inefficient. Farmers take their produce to a mandi, a government-sanctioned auction market. The traders in the mandi are the intermediaries who buy the grain, aggregate it, and sell it to processors both large and small. The system of movement of ...

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