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Measuring Agribusiness Competitiveness: An Application to African Countries

  • Suresh Chandra Babu
  • Mahika Shishodia
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Part of the AIB Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Series book series (AIBSSA)

Abstract

Agribusiness has a major role to play in transforming the agriculture sector in Africa. Increasing demand for high-value food products around the world, the production and export of these goods represents an opportunity to increase both income and employment. To capture the benefits of this trend and capitalize on this opportunity, agribusiness in Africa must become more competitive. In addition to improving competitiveness, increasing agricultural productivity and food security are also major challenges in African agricultural development. In this chapter, we develop an indicator for agribusiness competitiveness that enables objective comparison across countries and time. This comparison will also benefit policy makers to make strategic decisions on value chain development. Additionally, we present policy implications and lessons for increasing the competitiveness of agribusiness in African countries.

Keywords

Agribusiness Agribusiness competitiveness Agricultural value chains Competitiveness measurement Agricultural productivity Food security 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suresh Chandra Babu
    • 1
  • Mahika Shishodia
    • 1
  1. 1.International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)Washington, DCUSA

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