Friday, 13 May 2011

New UNIDO study builds case for agribusiness development as path to Africa’s prosperity

Opportunities and challenges for African agribusiness and agro-industries  are the focus of a new book published by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in 2011.

“Agribusiness for Africa’s Prosperity” outlines the current status of agribusiness and agro-industrial activities in Africa, and situates them in historical and global context. It analyses the opportunities for diversified growth, and assesses the existing and potential sources of demand growth for agribusiness development on the continent.

Watch a video with Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella speaking about the new book:

In recent years, a renewed focus on agriculture has been evident in policy and development agendas for the African continent, yet little knowledge has been generated on the inter-linkages of production, agro-industry and markets, as well as the potential and capacities for developing them.

Edited by Kandeh K. Yumkella, Patrick M. Kormawa, Torben M. Roepstorff and Anthony M. Hawkins and with contributions from a wide range of international experts, the book fills what UNIDO perceived as a significant gap in knowledge concerning these issues.

It was conceived as a resource for policymakers, agribusiness managers, and researchers in agribusiness development.

The book is available in English and French and can be downloaded here

For printed copies and further information, please email:

For further information about "Agribusiness for Africa's Prosperity" and UNIDO's programmes in agribusiness please contact:

Patrick Kormawa
UNIDO Project Manager

Philippe Scholtès

Director, UNIDO Agribusiness Development Branch


For more information about UNIDO, please contact:

Mikhail Evstafyev
UNIDO Advocacy and Communication Coordinator
Telephone: (+43-1) 26026-5021
Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-7329



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