FAO, AUC and partners discuss guidelines for effective agri-PPPs in Ghana’s agricultural sector
Identified policy makers, private sector entities and other stakeholders came together in Accra, Ghana, to discuss how to improve the design, implementation and impact of Public-Private Partnerships in Ghana’s agricultural sector.
The two-day event formed part of efforts by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Africa Union Commission (AUC) to support selected countries to facilitate public-private policy roundtable dialogues to help those countries translate the African Union Country Agribusiness Partnership Framework (CAP-F) framework into an operational engagement mechanism and tool with the private sector.
Based on their identified potential for effective private sector engagement, opportunities to complement the roll out of the CAP-F and regional balance, four countries comprising Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Uganda, Zambia were proposed for support to develop enabling policies, regulatory frameworks and institutional arrangements for operationalizing agri-PPPs.
To this end, knowledge sharing workshops are being organized for the four target countries, during which the FAO-AUC PPP Guidelines will be presented and validated.
The PPP roundtable dialogue is intended to bolster the kind of investment decision-making that will attract sustainable private investment to agri-food systems.
“It is important that the knowledge from this exercise informs policy-makers to design and implement effective agri-PPPs in Africa. FAO and AUC will therefore support selected countries to facilitate public-private policy roundtable dialogues to enable the countries to translate the CAP-F framework into an operational engagement mechanism and tool with the private sector,” said Jocelyn Brown Hall, FAO Deputy Regional Representative for Africa.
In addition to the mutual sharing of experiences and knowledge among and within the four countries, the engagement of the AUC provides an institutional anchor in replicating and scaling-up of the PPP guidelines through facilitating similar roundtables and adoption of the guidelines through promoting south-south cooperation within the region.
According to Komla Bissi, Senior CAADP Advisor, AUC Department for Rural Economy and Agriculture “The programme aims at complementing ongoing efforts by AUC/NPCA and Grow Africa in rolling out the CAP-F in a number of countries in Africa including Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.”
He added “This is in a bid to advance the resolution by AU Member States in the Malabo Declaration to establish and/or strengthen inclusive public-private partnerships for at least five priority agricultural commodity value chains with strong linkage to smallholder agriculture.”
About the agri-PPPs
During 2011 – 2013, FAO initiated a series of appraisals of agricultural Public Private Partnerships (agri-PPPs) in 15 African, Asian and Latin American countries. Experiences from these appraisals formed the basis of a synthesis report, launched in 2016, with the primary objective to draw lessons that could provide guidance to FAO member countries on how to partner effectively with the private sector to mobilize resources for agribusiness development.
In 2016, during the 29th FAO Africa Regional Conference, member states requested documentation of additional case studies to improve understanding of agri-PPPs on the African continent and inform their agri-PPP policies, given that the 2025 CAADP growth goals are geared towards establishing PPPs for at least five priority agricultural commodity chains in each country.
It is within this context that the AUC partnered with FAO to work on improving understanding about the design, implementation and impact of agri-PPPs. The work involved an analysis of 24 agri-PPP case studies from eight African countries – Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia and South Africa. The findings from these studies were validated in a workshop in May 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.