Markets and Private Sector
Development programmes and projects aim to address the many challenges faced by smallholder farmers and producers. These range from having access to good inputs, strengthening the delivery of business and financial services, facilitating access to markets, and providing timely market information to strengthen the negotiating and bargaining power of smallholder producers. Today, increasingly this is possible through a public-private partnership. The various sessions will showcase examples of:
- innovative public-private partnerships discuss innovative approaches to target nomadic communities
- developing a value-based market for smallholder producers
- different value-chain approaches
The absence of structures for secure transactions is one of the most persistent reasons for failure of agricultural supply chains in Africa. This session, on the ‘Cash-on-the-Bag’ initiative, will show one solution – a network of independent rural entrepreneurs who handle transactions in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. These agents benefit the seller by making immediate cash payments for products purchased, and for the buyer by verifying the quantity and quality of the merchandise purchased. Early reports show 10 to 15 per cent higher prices for farmers and commissions of 5 to 10 per cent for the agents. Participants will discuss how to scale up this promising initiative.
Dr Clive Lightfoot