AFRICA AGRICULTURE STATUS REPORT 2016

Getting More for Farmers from Post-Harvest to Market

Key Messages

  • Smallholder farmers in Africa are failing to take advantage of existing and emerging opportunities because of many market-related constraints that require urgent attention.
  • Three interrelated solutions are required to ensure that smallholder farms in Africa become more commercialized and profitable:
    >> Increased uptake of improved technology.
    >>Increased investment in physical infrastructure through prioritizing public investment in rural roads and promoting incentives for private investment in storage, marketing and processing infrastructure, and reducing the fiscal burden associated with such investments.
    >>Addressing policy barriers by creating a predictable and rules-based enabling policy and regulatory environment to attract much greater private investment

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