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The Agribusiness Support for Smallholders Project in Kenya – GCP/KEN/070/GER

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    The Agribusiness Support for Smallholders Project in Kenya – GCP /KEN/070/GER 2014
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    The purpose of the evaluation was to draw specific conclusions and formulate recommendations for any necessary further action by Government, FAO and/or other parties. The evaluation was expected to identify specific good practices that validate the approach, fine tune the concept, and assess the potential for follow-up or up-scaling action and lessons to be learned for the formulation and execution of other similar projects.
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    Multi-Country Support to Promote Employment Opportunities for Youth in Agribusiness in Africa - TCP/RAF/3802 2023
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    With over 750 million people under the age of 35, Africa has the youngest population in the world. Many of these youth lack stable economic situations and are mainly employed in the informal economy, such as contributing family workers, subsistence farmers, home-based micro-entrepreneurs or unskilled workers. However, job opportunities for youth are in agricultural value chains, including through agro-processing and innovative marketing models. Creating jobs for African youth through the development of agribusiness and entrepreneurship is fundamental in driving Africa’s inclusive economic transformation and development. This project aimed to contribute to accelerating the efforts in job creation and employment of African youth by undertaking key assessments in the target countries’ enabling environment and supporting existing programmes related to youth employment in agribusiness. These will assist in the identification of concrete actions for closing the gaps, building on existing target country priorities and specifically considering the crisis caused by COVID-19. The encouragement of major investment in youth in agriculture was the main goal of this project, which also aimed at supporting the implementation of youth employment initiatives. It served as a resource-matching tool that contributed directly to countries’ youth programmes, helping to reach potential investment partners, financial institutions, private sector and civil society.
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    Public sector support for inclusive agribusiness development – An appraisal of institutional models in Bangladesh 2014
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    The agrifood system is changing rapidly in response to agricultural modernization and shifting consumer and societal demands for safer, better-quality and more convenient food. This new scenario coexists with more traditional types of family and subsistence farming. This changing environment places increased pressure on Ministries of Agriculture (MOAs) in developing countries to engage in agribusiness and agro-industry development. For this reason, over the past decade, many MOAs have establishe d agribusiness units with technical, policy and coordination functions. To perform well, these units should be given clear mandates and sufficient financial resources and qualified staff familiar with current agribusiness developments, such as value chain programmes, climate-smart agriculture, contract farming and public–private partnerships. However, this ideal scenario rarely occurs. A change in the mind-set of MOA staff is required to move beyond the traditional focus on production towards a more holistic, farm-to-fork approach that includes post-production issues; and this might prove to be quite a challenge. 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.

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