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Agricultural transformation in Africa needs a lot of change and new strategies. every actors within the value chain has a great role to play. in order to better perceive what people think about agribusiness in Africa, I launched a discussion on my linkedin network under the group African Agribusiness. Various ideas comes out which can conribute to build a good strategy for boosting agribusiness in Africa. some relevant contribution are listed below. You can also add your thoughts and ideas:
"When i listen to words like boosting agricbusiness in Africa, i begin to wonder why learned africans should say so. This is because we have not yet realised that we are pooled by words which we live in, but failed to transform them into realities. Agric business is it different from producing at a larger scale for both subsistence and profit making..." ( JohnTsewele).
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I can not support farming systems that will be detrimental to the people and the environment in Africa. Africa has the opportunity to be the world supplier of organically grown crops unless we follow the example of other continents and destroy our resources. The demand for organically grown crops is growing every day. The FAO has declared 2014 as the year of family farming not the year of commercial farming. http://www.fao.org/family-farming-2014/en/." (Pieter Joubert)
1) Agriculture must be seen as an economic development sector and graduate it from being seen as a battle ground for poverty alleviation. Poverty alleviation approaches must be done under social welfare or safety net programs.
2) invest in rural re-settlement to release land for precision agriculture and reorganize land for high productivity.
3) organise marketing systems for the agriculture commodities including warehousing, transportation and shipping systems comparable to oil industry.
4) organise the people.
5) Provide banking facilities to afford technologies for high productivity.
Agriculture remains a steady economic platform for industrialization in Africa." ( Felix Elia Jumbe)
1- Maybe strategically and in the course of his normal business/ professional activities, Pieter is far more advance about walking the talk than most the people who contribute to this discussion. Hence, maybe no one here is able to seize the practical opportunity he offers. It had always been like that in electronic fora: a mix of people who know exactly what they are talking about and people who theorize. The truth is that liked-minded and motivated people rarely meet at the cross road of actions. They are very rarely at the right place at the right time.
2- If the market that Pieter offers for share here is, products is needed right now! But in agriculture, and in Africa it needs some time and capricious climate to grow any thing. Plus, the technical itinerary must be as effective and strict to the outcome to match the quality criteria of the market. It is not obvious that subsistence farmers supply such a demand, neither a beginner agribusiness entrepreneur. So, more information is needed about how viable and persistent is the market and what kind of contract Mr. Pieter can have some beginners secure and invest in. Banks in Africa do not want to invest in Agriculture! import of rice is OK because the risk is known and it is low. Governments...? Donors and development institutions outside Africa had better participate in African agriculture development than local governments for most of the time. Hence, who want take the financial risk and leadership?
3. This brings me back to the intervention of Mrs. Oluwabusayo Sotunde. If an individual decide to do it, he will put more of himself and resource in and the only thing at the end of his tunnel is success. However, a small individual success is not what we are talking about here. " (Andre Ahouissoussi)