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The 8 pillars for Africa development

UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) has recently released a book-report titled “Agribusiness for Africa´s Prosperity”, which is worth to read.

On this post, I will extract the centre part of the content, which is referred to what the editors call The Seven Core Pillars of Agribusiness Development in Africa, representing these, the key drivers for transforming challenges for agribusiness development into opportunities.

These 7 pillars are:

1. Enhancing agricultural productivity

2. Upgrading value chains

3. Exploiting local, regional and international demand

4. Strengthening technological efforts and innovation capabilities

5. Promoting effective and innovative sources of financing

6. Stimulating private sector participation

7. Improving infrastructure and energy access

Summarizing in a reduce number all the essential factors of something so extensive and complex as the development of Africa´s agribusiness -or food production system- is a highly tough exercise. I congratulate from here the editors for the job done.

Obviously, to other people´s eyes, these 7 pillars may be an incomplete list; others may consider  other the relevance of each,… it´s a subject for great debate.

I´d like to contribute and suggest one pillar which I find strategic: KNOWLEDGE.

I want to mean with Knowledge, the need to fix locally a minimum critical-mass degree of talent in all subjects related to agribusiness, that allows to perform some of the other pillars of development.

The developed world is helping Africa by sending huge quantities of physical inputs, such as seeds, fertilizers, money, etc. But talent is a much needed input virtually impossible to pack and ship from abroad. Furthermore, it´s absolutely essential that the required talent to be local, in order to create a real self-sustained path of development.

In this sense, I find a primary goal that an army of local agribusiness consultants and advisors is trained and intervene in the agribusiness industry of their respective countries, spreading the basic knowledge and solutions required locally for farmers, entrepreneurs, food producers, traders, etc. Consultants would do to the food industry what doctors and sanitary staff do on health care: cure diseases, relieve from the enemies of growth and promote measures for stronger and safer bodies.

This is my 8th pillar for development of Africa´s agribusiness. I invite you to leave your comments and opinion on this interesting theme.

Thanks.

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WELCOME !!

It´s a enormous pleasure to welcome you to the Innovating Agribusiness Blog.

This, the first post, it´s obviously dedicated to the introduction of myself and the blog.

My name is José María Montalbán, though I thought that using a nick name could ease interaction with followers. Yes, my real name is a bit too long and complex. In some situations, when giving it to someone, I got back: “Sorry, did you say Mon-Taleban?”.

That´s why I chose Jose Monty as my public name.

I´m a spanish Agronomy Engineer, consultant and entrepeneur in Agribusiness, this is, anything related to businesses involved within the food and agricultural industry. More specifically, my 20 years of experience now, have run around the fresh fruits and vegetable sector and the modern horticulture.

Along all this time I had the opportunity to attend both, technical and managerial positions, in some reputed companies, and afterwards, work as a freelance consultant. This helped me to build a very broad vision and understanding of the complexities of this exciting business.

Moreover, I was lucky to have the chance of doing all this in an International environment, which makes it more enriching, professionally speaking. Lately, my experience have become specialized in the Arab Gulf region, where I discovered the huge potencial for the fresh produce industry, despite the apparently harsh conditions of Nature there. For that reason, I´m currently undertaking some investments and business ventures in the region.

My latest business project, AGROLUTION, is a company with the misión to serve all people, businesses and insitutions linked to the Fresh Produce World, by providing all kinds of Solutions, being these either goods or services. Agrolution is open to the world and specially to places most needed of support and assistance in the fostering of agriculture and food production, like extreme climate areas and developing countries.

So, around all that matter, I shall ellaborate content and collect information to be published in this blog, with the aim to make it useful and available to as many people as possible.

To make it even more valuable, you will also find here contributions of other experts and collaborators.

If you are a farmer, student, teacher, investor, businessman, official, trader, scientist, NGO, association, or any other agent type involved in Agribusiness, just follow this blog to obtain valuable information of your interest.

Thanks in advance for following.

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