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Needs Assessment and Development of Capacity Building Measures for Strengthening Domestic Private Sector And Agribusiness Apex Bodies in Africa

Needs Assessment and Development of Capacity Building Measures for Strengthening Domestic Private Sector And Agribusiness Apex Bodies in Africa

The Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) framework sets the tone for African countries to develop their National Agriculture Investment Plans (NAIPs). African governments will have to create an enabling environment for private sector participation, to bring in the additional investments and technical competencies needed to transform the continent’s agriculture sector and eradicate poverty.

The African Union Commission (AUC) has initiated efforts to strengthen private sector participation through a series of studies and stakeholder meetings to gather and generate information on how the private sector can be supported to more actively participate in the implementation and achievement of the CAADP goals.

However, through various stakeholder assessment exercises, what has become evident is that to properly engage with the public sector, African private agribusinesses will need to become more formally organized at the country level, as well as at regional and continental levels.

This study has been commissioned:

  1. to consolidate the findings of previous efforts aimed at strengthening African national agribusiness apex chambers (NAACs);
  2. to conduct a rapid assessment of their capacity needs and develop capacity building measures to address them;
  3. to capture the key insights and recommendations shared during a related regional validation workshop that was organized to provide an opportunity for public and private agriculture value chain stakeholders (particularly organized business bodies) to review the capacity needs assessment, provide their own experiences for reflection, and to propose capacity building measures for NAACs.

The Private Enterprise Federation of Ghana and Africa Business Group served as the consultants to undertake this project on behalf of the African Union Commission with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization – Regional Office for Africa.  

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