Friday, 14 December 2012

UNIDO book is a blueprint for promoting agribusiness in Madagascar, says Deputy Prime Minister

ANTANANARIVO, 14 December 2012 – The Deputy Prime Minister of Madagascar, Pierrot Botozaza, has applauded the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for publishing a book that he believes can serve as a blueprint for the development of the agricultural sector in his country.

Speaking at the launch event for the book, “Agribusiness for Africa’s Prosperity”, in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Deputy Prime Minister Botozaza, who is the minister in charge of the Economy and Industry, praised UNIDO’s effort to create awareness and transfer knowledge to Madagascar by producing such a resourceful book

During his presentation, Patrick Kormawa, co-editor of the book and the UNIDO Representative in Nigeria sketched out the importance of the seven core pillars of agribusiness and value addition in creating wealth and employment in Africa, and shared his positive experience of the Government of Nigeria’s investment in agribusiness during 2012. He observed that Madagascar needs a comprehensive industrialization strategy which should define the role of the government and private sector, adding that “agribusiness is the key to job creation.”

The launch was attended by over 100 participants, including potential investors and experts, as well as members of the public.

“Agribusiness for Africa’s Prosperity” outlines the current status of agribusiness and agro-industrial activities in Africa, and positions 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 in Africa. Seven development pillars are outlined and analyzed in detail: enhancing productivity; upgrading value chains; exploiting international, regional and local demand; strengthening technology and innovation; promoting effective financing; stimulating private participation; and improving infrastructure and energy access.

Lorence Ansermet, the UNIDO Representative in Madagascar, praised the Government’s strong cooperation with UNIDO in all its thematic areas and looked forward to implementation of all the pillars identified in the publication. “Eighty five per cent of the population in Madagascar is living from agriculture and this is the time to link them into the agribusiness value chain to increase their competitiveness, income generation, value addition and job creation. The book complements several projects that we have been implementing in all UNIDO’s thematic areas here in Madagascar.”   

During the discussion session that followed the presentations, Mpoko Bokanga, Chief of UNIDO’s Agribusiness Branch, urge representatives of both public and private sectors to increase youth awareness of agribusiness and to provide training in agribusiness in order to generate income and create employment.

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