Available on line! Public sector support for inclusive agribusiness development ‒ Appraisals of institutional models
Country case studies ‒ AFRICA
The agrifood system is changing rapidly in response to agricultural modernization, increased globalization, and shifting consumer and societal demands for safer, better-quality and more convenient food. In developing countries, this new scenario coexists with the traditional types of family and subsistence farming putting increased pressure on Ministries of Agriculture (MOAs) to engage in agribusiness and agro-industry development. Consequently, many MOAs have established agribusiness units with technical, policy and coordination functions over the past decade,
To shed light on the role, performance and empowerment of these agribusiness units, FAO conducted a scoping survey of 71 countries and in-depth analyses of 21 case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The primary objective was to draw lessons that can provide guidance to member countries on how to establish and operate well-performing agribusiness units. The outcome is presented in this series of country case studies, which contribute to enriching knowledge and sharing information on institutional responses for enhancing the public commitment to inclusive agribusiness and agro-industrial growth and job creation. In sub-Saharan Africa, country reports were prepared for Botswana, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa and Uganda. The country cases illustrate varied institutional set-ups and capabilities that seem to be influenced by the historical context. The reports also highlight possible support by FAO to assist MOAs deliver on their new mandates.