Markets and trade

Rebuilding West Africa’s Food Potential:
Policies and private initiatives to promote smallholder-
inclusive food value chains

The food crisis of 2007-2008 was a major milestone in world agriculture. For West Africa in particular, this episode triggered a more determined commitment by the region’s governments towards a food policy aimed at rebuilding their productive potential, especially for staple food commodities, long neglected in favor of a few export commodities. A new paradigm shift was required, one based on based redefined roles for the public sector, private industry and producer organizations in the promotion of competitive and inclusive food value chains.

The book contains a large number of in-depth case studies of food value chains, including traditional export commodities (cocoa, cotton), high value exports (mangoes, horticulture) and the most important staple food value chains (oil palm, rice, maize, sorghum and millet and cassava) in the region. It contains a private and public initiatives, and thematic analyses relating to the role of the private agro-industry and producer organisations, and their role as market agents.

Part I: Policies, private initiatives and producers organisations in staple food value chain strategies

pdf  Chapter 1. West Africa food systems: an overview of trends and indicators of demand, supply, and competitiveness of staple food value chains    
pdf  Chapter 2. A historical comparative analysis of commodity development models in West Africa and implications for staple food value chains
pdf  Chapter 3. Analytical review of national investment strategies and agricultural policies for the promotion of staple food value chains in West Africa
pdf  Chapter 4. Review and analysis of national investment strategies and agricultural policies in central Africa: the case of Cameroun
pdf  Chapter 5. Impact of Mali’s food and agricultural policies: an assessment of public expenditure and incentives to production from 2005 to 2010
pdf  Chapter 6. The role of the private sector and the engagement of smallholder farmers in food value chains: Nigeria, Senegal, and Ghana
pdf  Chapter 7. Gain methodology to enhance producers organisations capacity for market integration: applications to West Africa

Part II : Food value chain country case studies

pdf  Chapter 8. Cocoa and cotton commodity chains in West Africa: policy and institutional roles for smallholder market participation
pdf  Chapter 9. Constraints to smallholder participation in high-value agriculture in West Africa
pdf  Chapter 10. Comparative analysis of mango value chain models in Benin, Burkina Faso and Ghana
pdf  Chapter 11. Oil palm industry growth in Africa: a value chain and smallholders study for Ghana
pdf  Chapter 12. Smallholder participation in value chains: the case of domestic rice in Senegal
pdf  Chapter 13. Rice in Mali: enhancing competitiveness and promoting policies for inclusive value chain development
pdf  Chapter 14. An analysis of maize value chain and competitiveness in Burkina Faso: implications for smallholder-inclusive policies and initiatives
pdf  Chapter 15. An assessment of sorghum and millet in mali and implications for competitive and inclusive value chains
pdf  Chapter 16. Enhancing cassava marketing and processing in Cameroon: drivers, constraints, and prospects of the value chain