Amid growing worldwide demand for value-added agricultural products, agroindustry development can be a key engine of economic growth, particularly for developing countries. Agribusinesses and agro-industries add value to agricultural products through processing and manufacturing and can generate a wealth of employment opportunities in the food industry and related support services.
3ADI+ is a joint value chain and market systems development programme spearheaded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). It aims to develop inclusive and sustainable value chains by ensuring that investments in agricultural industrialization have positive social, economic and environmental impacts. It combines capacities of local, national, regional and global actors on analysis, technical assistance, facilitating linkages, policy dialogue, and investment promotion to deliver maximum impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The programme facilitates the development of inclusive and sustainable food value chains and market systems, in line with the three pillars of sustainability:
- Economic: effectively link small and medium agricultural producers and processors to end markets through value addition, thereby acting as an effective basis for industrialization and generation of decent employment, in particular for rural women and youth.
- Social: supply higher-value, nutritious and differentiated food, fibre, feed and fuel products to consumers to improve diets and nutrition.
- Environmental: utilize natural resources in a sustainable manner, including through climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.