Sustainable Food Value Chains Knowledge Platform

Public-Private Partnerships for Agribusiness Development - A review of international experiences


To improve understanding of the potential benefits and challenges of agri-PPPs, this publication provides an analysis of 70 PPP cases gathered from 15 developing countries, together with evidence from FAO’s support to the review of PPP policies for agriculture in Southeast Asia and Central America. Four common project types are identified: i) partnerships that aim to develop agricultural value chains; ii) partnerships for joint agricultural research, innovation and technology transfer; iii) partnerships for building and upgrading market infrastructure; and iv) partnerships for the delivery of business development services to farmers and small and medium enterprises. The main lessons are synthesized, including the public skills and institutions required to enable more effective partnerships with the private sector, and the circumstances under which PPPs are likely to be the best modality for achieving sustainable development outcomes.

Countries: Non-country specific
Commodities: Non-Commodity specific
Topics: Public-private partnerships (Analysis), Value chain upgrading in general, Governance (linkage) upgrading, Inputs and services support upgrading, Public-private partnership (Cross-sectional)
Personal author: Marlo Rankin, Eva Gálvez Nogales, Pilar Santacoloma, Nomathemba Mhlanga, Costanza Rizzo
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Type: Discussion
Format: Document
References (Download): EN