Agripreneurship across Africa

Stories of Inspiration

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This publication aims to inspire budding entrepreneurs in Africa to consider business opportunities in agriculture and agro-industry. Through success stories reflecting real-life agribusiness development experiences, which are organized into four themes (scale, women, youth, and challenging environments), it also aims to be an educational tool for business schools and entrepreneurship incubator programmes. There is increasing recognition of the strategic importance of agriculture, agribusiness and agro-industry in contributing to job creation, food and nutrition security and broad-based economic development on the African continent. The entrepreneurs behind these agribusinesses and agro-industries play a vital role in national development, bringing important innovations that improve agricultural productivity and impact the lives of many. Supporting entrepreneurship skills development, with a focus on agribusiness and agro-industry, can be an engine for job creation to absorb the growing number of young people searching for employment in Africa. This publication contributes to the evidence base for supporting, promoting and inspiring agripreneurship.



Agripreneurship in challenging environments

All businesses operate within an environment comprising political, societal, economic and environmental elements (FAO, 2014). The environment in which an enterprise operates strongly influences its chances of flourishing. It is this bigger system that can help to promote entrepreneurs as change agents to create jobs and sustainable development. Even the most skilful entrepreneur will struggle to succeed if he or she operates in an unconducive environment. Enabling business environments are defined as sets of policies, institutions, support services and other conditions that improve a business environment for business activities to develop and thrive (FAO, 2013). The public sector plays a crucial role in shaping the enabling environment by implementing and enforcing economic, fiscal, sectoral and labour policies. Government institutions also set food safety and quality standards, and engage in inspection services, while providing valuable agricultural information through crop research, extension services, data collection and market research. The enabling environment includes natural environmental elements, to which governments permit access (e.g. land), while also allowing their use and ensuring their protection.


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