Programming
SMEs
in ARD
1. Renewed attention for agribusiness
2. Agribusiness SMEs and PAEPARD
3. Constraints for SME participation
4. EC funding ...
“Science, technology and
innovation (STI) is critical for
creating comparative advantages in
Africa’s agro-industry subsec...
“Africa’s farmers and agribusinesses
could create a trillion-dollar food
market by 2030 if they can expand
their access to...
For the private sector to
meaningfully contribute to inclusive
growth, policy should be steered
towards innovative institu...
“We will pursue an enhanced
cooperation among EU and
Africa private sectors and
farmers' organisations
exploring innovativ...
 PAEPARD is making researchers aware about the increased
role of the agribusiness in Africa and the research needs of
the...
 PAEPARD is exploring if private
sector participation may have to
be mediated by a representative
agency (an agribusiness...
 BIOPROTECT – Burkina-Faso
collaborates with the French
Biophytech SME
 The soja consortium of Benin
benefited from a tr...
 Most businesses focus on managing their operations.They
are not necessarily focused on how to improve their
competitiven...
 Limited experience and mistrust
make the private sector reluctant
to engage with NGOs or
government-“driven” research
ac...
Two Horizon 2020 research themes may be an opportunity
have a better understanding of the uptake of research results
by th...
The Delegation of the European
Union to Uganda will launch a SME
Development Fund (Equity Fund)
first half of 2014.
It wi...
 ASARECA_RC_MMLT-03/2014 call
Enhancing Participation of Small and Medium Enterprise
Actors In the Higher End ofValue Cha...
 Engaging SME’s in EU-Africa Science,Technology
and Innovation.
31 March 2014. Brussels.
Co-organised by PAEPARD, ESATAP,...
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Constraints for SME participation
EC funding instruments
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Forthcoming reports

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Sme participation in agric research

  1. 1. Programming SMEs in ARD
  2. 2. 1. Renewed attention for agribusiness 2. Agribusiness SMEs and PAEPARD 3. Constraints for SME participation 4. EC funding instruments 5. Other funding instruments 6. Forthcoming reports
  3. 3. “Science, technology and innovation (STI) is critical for creating comparative advantages in Africa’s agro-industry subsectors” Unido, May 2011
  4. 4. “Africa’s farmers and agribusinesses could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they can expand their access to more capital, electricity, better technology and irrigated land to grow high-value nutritious foods” World Bank, March 2013
  5. 5. For the private sector to meaningfully contribute to inclusive growth, policy should be steered towards innovative institutional arrangements, including fostering appropriate partnerships among public, private and civil society organizations. AFDB April 1014
  6. 6. “We will pursue an enhanced cooperation among EU and Africa private sectors and farmers' organisations exploring innovative and inclusive partnerships.” 2-3 APRIL 2014, Brussels, Fourth EU-AFRICA Summit. ROADMAP 2014-2017 (15 pages)
  7. 7.  PAEPARD is making researchers aware about the increased role of the agribusiness in Africa and the research needs of the private sector.  Some 100 blog post relate to agribusiness and highlight the importance of the private sector/ agro entrepreneur
  8. 8.  PAEPARD is exploring if private sector participation may have to be mediated by a representative agency (an agribusiness service provider)  The private sector itself becomes an indirect or third party participant which divorces it from contractual encumbrances
  9. 9.  BIOPROTECT – Burkina-Faso collaborates with the French Biophytech SME  The soja consortium of Benin benefited from a training by the 2Scale program (IFDC- DGIS)  ColeACP involves SMEs into research on the non-food use of mangos :  Comestiques,  Energie/Compost,  Alimentation Animale
  10. 10.  Most businesses focus on managing their operations.They are not necessarily focused on how to improve their competitiveness through innovation  Many businesses have limited ability to develop good proposals. Developing concept notes and grant proposals and assembling the required documentation entails transaction costs (time, resources).  The challenges of working with smallholders in out grower schemes limits the private sector’s interest in submitting proposals
  11. 11.  Limited experience and mistrust make the private sector reluctant to engage with NGOs or government-“driven” research activities and thereby prevent actors outside the private sector from entering into collaborative arrangements  The private agri-sector may find it very difficult (or reluctant) to provide time and cash to match the grant
  12. 12. Two Horizon 2020 research themes may be an opportunity have a better understanding of the uptake of research results by the private sector in the field of food and nutrition security: H2020, SFS-6-2014. Sustainable intensification pathways of agro-food systems in Africa H2020, SFS-18-2015. Small farms but global markets: the role of small and family farms in food and nutrition security SME support under H2020 Not just research, but market replication / commercialisation A standard feasibility + market study is estimated to cost around 71,000 EURO
  13. 13. The Delegation of the European Union to Uganda will launch a SME Development Fund (Equity Fund) first half of 2014. It will be open to all sectors of agribusiness, including livestock. The selection will be made on the basis of socio-economic-environmental criteria and financial return criteria. The EU/Uganda aims at targeting at least 25-30 companies with the first closing of the fund.
  14. 14.  ASARECA_RC_MMLT-03/2014 call Enhancing Participation of Small and Medium Enterprise Actors In the Higher End ofValue Chains In Eastern And Central Africa  Deadline for receipt of Concept Notes is 13th May 2014  DutchWOTRO, Food and Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) call  A strong local/regional private sector is important in reaching local/regional food security  German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food:  Integration of suitable local and other actors from outside research
  15. 15.  Engaging SME’s in EU-Africa Science,Technology and Innovation. 31 March 2014. Brussels. Co-organised by PAEPARD, ESATAP, UniPID  5th EU-Africa Business Forum. 31 March – 1 April, 2014 . Brussels. Co-organised by DG Agriculture and ColeACP  Innovation serving food and nutrition security in Europe and Africa - Opportunities and barriers faced by the private sector in the uptake of food and nutrition security (FNS) R&D outputs 1 April 2014. Brussels. Co-organised by DG Research and Innovation and CAAST-net

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