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Southern African agribusiness : gaining through regional collaboration, Volume 1
Author:Jaffee, Steven [editor]; Country:Swaziland; Zambia; Mozambique; South Africa; Zimbabwe; Malawi;
Date Stored:2002/10/22Document Date:1999/02/28
Document Type:PublicationSubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Agribusiness & Markets; Agricultural Research; Economic Theory & Research; Crops and Crop Management Systems
ISBN:ISBN 0-8213-4422-6Language:English
Major Sector:Agriculture, fishing, and forestryRegion:Africa
Report Number:WTP424Sub Sectors:(Historic)Agro-industry and marketing
Collection Title:World Bank technical paper ; no. WTP 424Volume No:1

Summary: Recent economic reforms and political changes within Southern Africa have opened up new opportunities for intra-regional agricultural trade and other forms of agribusiness collaboration. This collaboration is vital, given the relatively small size of individual country markets and since no single country in the region has the resources and capacity to mount a sustained drive to achieve international market prominence and competitiveness. This study examines private sector perceptions regarding the agribusiness investment environment and the scope for regional collaboration in Southern Africa, and then presents a series of case studies highlighting experiences in such collaboration as well as additional opportunities and constraints. The case studies illustrate the varied forms which this intra-regional collaboration has or could take, including the transfer of technologies and management systems, joint logistics and international marketing, cross-border investment, inputs, and consumer products. Both the agribusiness company survey and the industry case studies include recommendations for policy-makers, agribusiness managers/representatives, and agricultural and private sector development practitioners.

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