Friday, 24 May 2013

Public Private Partnerships for agriculture in Kenya: new FAO report

What can public private partnerships (PPPs) in agribusiness do for sustainable and inclusive agricultural development? A report by Future Agricultures members Hannington Odame and Elsie Kangai looks at agribusiness PPPs in Kenya. It is part of a series of case studies commissioned by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to gather evidence on how governments and the private sector can collaborate effectively for agribusiness development.

From the preface:

It is recognized that high levels of investments are required to unleash the potential of agriculture for sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries. However, in recent decades, many countries have decreased their relative budget allocations to the agricultural sector, yet at the same time, the expected increase of private sector investments and the associated efficiency improvements have not been forthcoming. The high risk (actual and perceived) of doing business in agriculture often deters private sector participation in agrifood sector investments. Against this backdrop, public private partnerships (PPPs) are being promoted as an important institutional mechanism for gaining access to additional financial resources, sharing risks, and addressing other constraints in pursuit of sustainable and inclusive agricultural development.

FAO website: Agribusiness Public-Private Partnerships: A country report of Kenya

Other publications from the FAO’s Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division