For many years and until quite recently, agriculture fell then moves physically from the producer to the customer;
out of favor with development practitioners, receiving only 4 percent of official development assistance and 4 percent of public expenditure in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) (World Development Report [WDR] 2008). However, as exemplified by the 2008 WDR dedicated to Agriculture for Development, the development community has refocused on agriculture as an effective means of fighting poverty, and we may expect the above pattern to be reversed. The 2008 WDR notes, “[f]or the poorest people, GDP growth origi- nating in agriculture is about four times more effective in raising incomes of extremely poor people than GDP growth originating outside the sector.” This renewal of interest in agriculture has been further enhanced by the recent rise of global food prices. As more and better-funded agricultural development projects emerge in the next few years, policy professionals will require new frameworks for designing and evaluating investments in commercial agriculture.
This Guide to value chain approaches provides the user with actionable methods and tools to design programs and invest- ment projects that aim to increase the productivity and per- formance of sub-Saharan African agriculture. This Guide was prepared by J. E. Austin Associates, Inc., for the Agriculture and Rural Development Group of the Sus- tainable Development Network of the World Bank.
Building competitiveness in Africa’s agriculture : a guide to value chain concepts and applications / C. Martin Webber and Patrick Labaste.