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Investing in sustainable food systems in Africa

This briefing note by think tank ECDPM sets out a five-step methodology, developed by ECDPM and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), for stimulating investments in sustainable food systems by strengthening collaboration between public and private actors. It also outlines lessons learned from the application of the methodology in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya and Niger.

The five-step methodology, in brief, is:

  1. Select one or more value chains or territories and analyse the relevant food system and its stakeholders.
  2. Identify investment opportunities by mapping different segments, end markets and bottlenecks to private investments.
  3. Pinpoint suitable financial instruments and institutions such as subsidies, grants, loans and equity capital. 
  4. Develop recommendations for private investors to enhance the environmental and social sustainability of their investments in the relevant value chains or territories. 
  5. Develop a package of policy reforms and financial instruments that can remove the bottlenecks identified earlier in the process. This stage may include establishing a multi-stakeholder platform to enable dialogue between relevant stakeholders.

Read the full report, Investing in sustainable food systems: A methodology and lessons learned from Africa, here. See also the TABLE report Investment, Power and Protein in sub-Saharan Africa.

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