HAIFA, 19 December 2019 - In developing countries, barely 30 per cent of agricultural production undergoes industrial processing. In high-income countries, 98 per cent is processed. This suggests that there are great opportunities for developing countries in agribusiness.
From 8 to 20 December, 18 government representatives from nine countries took part in an international training course on agribusiness for inclusive and sustainable development. The training was organized by Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
The initiative was part of the long-standing collaboration between MASHAV and UNIDO in capacity-building for increased food security, agribusiness development, women’s empowerment and industrial sustainability, especially in developing countries.
This year’s training brought together participants from UNIDO’s Programmes for Country Partnership (PCPs), namely Cambodia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal and Zambia, as well as Kenya which is interested in self-starting a PCP. Participants exchanged experiences and best practices in stakeholder coordination and the mobilization of public and private investments, including through large-sale agro-industrial projects as part of the PCPs.
Through workshops and study visits, participants were exposed to leading international expertise in the planning, development and management of agribusinesses. Topics focused on innovative agro-technologies, ways to promote entrepreneurship and women’s economic empowerment, and linkages between agriculture and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Guest lecturers from UNIDO included Dejene Tezera, Director of Agribusiness Development, and Jaime Moll de Alba, Chief Inter-Regional Advisor for the Directorate of Programme Development and Technical Cooperation.
The UNIDO delegation also met with the Head of MASHAV, Ambassador Gil Haskel, to discuss potential new joint activities, particularly in the framework of the PCPs. “UNIDO’s array of technical expertise complements our efforts to promote inclusive and sustainable agribusiness development and support countries in advancing the SDGs. We look forward to strengthening the cooperation between the two organizations,” said Haskel.
For more information, please contact:
Director, Department of Agribusiness Development
Jaime Moll de Alba
Chief Inter-Regional Advisor, Directorate of Programme Development and Technical Cooperation