AgriBusiness Forum 2011: Engaging the Private Sector for Africa’s Agri-Food Growth

This publication is the report of the AgriBusiness Forum 2011, which was held in Johannesburg, South Africa from the 16th to the 19th of October 2011. The Forum was jointly organised by EMRC International and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with Rabobank Foundation and the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO).

The Forum was organized around topical key issues, including the role of the private sector in stimulating agribusiness-driven inclusive market development; access to finance for Agri-Food growth; innovative technologies; and the development of inclusive business models in the agribusiness sector. The Forum was attended by a large contingent of about 450 participants from almost every single country in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as 20 other countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. It culminated in the Johannesburg Declaration on inclusive African Agribusiness Public-Private Partnerships, through which representatives from the private sector, government and civil society pledged to work together to develop and leverage Africa’s agricultural potential.

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