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Business for Development 2008

Promoting Commercial Agriculture in Africa

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The changing pattern of international agricultural trade has profound implications for Africa. The book’s authors discuss these trade flows, map the corporate landscape of agro-food, (including the emergent indigenous sector), and assess trends in international development co-operation in the corporate sector. Particular focus is given to “aid for trade” programmes that try to foster private-sector development and trade-capacity building. A final chapter, drawing lessons from five country case studies, provides evidence of the (in)effectiveness of government intervention and donor programmes to promote the marketing of African agriculture.

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Introduction and Overview

OECD Development Centre

This is the second edition of Business for Development, one of three principal thematic areas of the Development Centre’s 2007-2008 Programme of Work. While the 2007 volume, Fostering The Private Sector, presented a wide-ranging review of the role of the private sector in economic development and poverty reduction and how it can best be encouraged, the 2008 volume, Promoting Commercial Agriculture in Africa, looks at African agriculture from a business perspective; it highlights the current status of agriculture and agribusiness as well as the emerging opportunities for developing the sector further in both domestic and export markets.

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