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The principles

The Partnership’s basic principles include (i) sharing costs, benefits and risks among partners; (ii) building trust among parties; (iii) providing a learning platform through openly sharing information; and (iv) leaving the Partnership open to new members if similar risk sharing methodologies are adopted. It carries out business as usual by (a) running with minimal formalities and procedures, (b) concentrating on maximum efficiency of service delivery to the field, (c) addressing prioritized constraints along the entire length of the value chain, (d) defining the role of each partner through a pragmatic process based on the capacity of each partner to deliver specific operational output in the field, or necessary support and inputs, and (e) ensuring a focus on appropriate functions by partners within the maize value chain and exploiting their comparative advantages.