Investing in Women along Agribusiness Value Chains is a publication of the International Finance Corporation. It calls on the private sector to invest in closing gaps between men and women in agribusiness.
The report also focuses on four different stages of a simplified value chain namely: input provision and use; production; post-harvest processing and storage and; transportation, marketing, and sales.
It is a useful report in helping companies to identify potential benefits from closing gender gaps by reviewing women’s contributions and constraints within each stage, outlining gender-smart solutions for the private sector, demonstrating the business rationale for making gender-smart investments, and presenting best practice case studies.
Agricultural Leasing Market Scoping Study for Sub-Saharan Africa is a publication of FSD Africa. It show cases leasing as a form of finance that is very relevant for agriculture but is rarely available to the agricultural sector.
The study also helps to identify constraints within the core market (supply and demand), the market functions that support the sector and the policy and regulatory systems that govern the sector.
The hope is that this market scoping can act as a starting block for development partners that may be interested in promoting growth within the agricultural leasing sector.
African Continental Free Trade Area: Developing and Strengthening Regional Value Chains in Agricultural Commodities and Processed Food Products is a publication of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).It provides a literature review on the many methodologies on value chain analysis and development, particularly in the sector of agri-food products and in the African region.
It also gives an overview of the regional agriculture value chains of specific commodities existing at the regional level, including mapping, presentation of actors and focus on special issues such as trade barriers.
The publication further suggests methods for prioritization of regional agricultural value chains to be further developed. It ends by drawing conclusions and policy recommendations for fostering and establishing regional value chains in agricultural commodities and processed food products in Africa.
Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2016 is published by the World Bank and highlights detailed topics developed to measures regulations that impact firms in the agribusiness value chain, providing data and analysis that allow policy makers to compare their country’s laws and regulations with those of others.
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