In this section, you may find new materials that have been published on the topic of ‘The role of agribusiness and development partnerships in advancing African agriculture’, since the date of the event. We continually select major new publications and articles that add up to the policy points discussed in this briefing.
– OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025: Special focus: Sub-Saharan Africa
fao.org, July 2016
The twelfth joint edition of the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook provides market projections to 2025 for major agricultural commodities, biofuels and fish. The 2016 report contains a special feature on the prospects for, and challenges facing, Sub-Saharan Africa. Over the ten year Outlook period slowing demand growth will be matched by efficiency gains in production, implying relatively flat real agricultural prices. However, market and policy uncertainties imply a risk of resurgent volatility. The outlook for agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa is for rising food availability, which will support a declining incidence of undernourishment. The sector’s prospects could be much improved by more stable policies across the region, by strategic public and private investments, notably in infrastructure, and by suitably adapted research and extension.
– Agribusiness in the African Competitiveness Report 2015
afdb.org, June 2015
The Africa Competitiveness Report 2015 has a chapter dedicated to agribusiness in Africa. The chapter argues that “urgent attention should be given to the development of agricultural value chains integration in order to boost African farmers’ benefits and create an agribusiness industry.” It adds, “small-scale farmers, linked to large-scale businesses or organized in groups, would diversify their production into higher value crops, adopt better production processes, and earn higher output prices”. The report also notes that between 2006 and 2014, the AfDB committed US$6.33bn to a total of 198 operations in agriculture and agribusiness. The AfDB Agricultural Sector Strategy (AGSS) 2015-2019 seeks to build on AfDB’s work in agriculture by bringing the agriculture sector and agribusiness to the fore of Africa’s structural transformation agenda.
– Private sector development – a business plan or development strategy?
oefse.at, April 2015
This new working paper on ‘Private sector development (PSD)’ explores the increasingly prominent role private setor plays in debates as well as budgets of international development cooperation. It recognises that while the promotion of private sector activities in developing countries has been part of development cooperation strategies, in recent years there has been a shift towards a more proactive role of the private sector – defined as a partner to address development challenges. The paper illustrates the growing prominence of the private sector in development cooperation and identifies reasons for this trend: PSD is not a “technical solution” but that there are different theoretical approaches to PSD that favour distinct policy measures, discussing the structuralist, neoclassical and neostructuralist approach. Finally, it presents reflections on the relationship between current PSD strategies and sustainable economic and inclusive development.
nepad.org, January 2015
NEPAD/CAADP has released a new publication on the role of agribusiness Chambers in Africa, with support from GIZ. The purpose of the study is to provide a stocktaking analysis and institutional assessment of National Agribusiness Chambers (NACs) and other similar private sector umbrella organisations in five African countries, namely South Africa, Ethiopia, Senegal, Ghana and Cameroon. The study includes various valuable pointers as to how private sector involvement in the CAADP process can further be strengthened.
arydis.cta.int, September, 2014
CTA, in collaboration with the African Youth Foundation (AYF) conducted an e-debate on “Yoth sustaining family farming through ICTS” and has published a report which highlights the key recommendations on youth, ICTs and family farming. Participants raised the need to develop agribusiness capacity for young family farmers and to ensure that ICT solutions targeting farming and rural stakeholders are more adapted to rural socio-technical contexts.