THE ROLES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN AFRICA’S AGRO-FOOD INDUSTRY
This study (June 2012, 81 pages) commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) African Facility for Inclusive Markets (AFIM) seeks to identify the roles and opportunities for the private sector in Africa’s agro-food industry.
It focuses on successful inclusive market development models in Africa and highlights the incentives required for the private sector to capture business opportunities and deepen investment in the agro-food sector. Furthermore the study explores mechanisms through which the private sector can engage smallholder farmers and turn them from subsistence farmers into viable agri-enterprises.
Perspectives on the subject were drawn from Chief Executive Oicers (C.E.O.s) and Directors of over 55 global, multinational, regional and national agro-business irms comprising: Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Farmer-based and Development Organizations, Financial Institutions, Agro-input Suppliers, Agro-processers, Supermarkets and Agribusiness Platforms details of which are presented in annexes 1 and 2.
In-depth discussions with these irms provide succinct investments opportunities in Africa’s agro-food industry and reveal Africa’s successful inclusive market development models, modern trends in agro-food inancing, incentives required to engage and deepen private sector investment in the National Agricultural and Food Security Investment Plan (NA&FSIP).