Smallholders need to work the logic of markets. For that they need skills – and they do not come spontaneously. To make farming a business, farmers need specific services to help them in doing so: business services. And these services need to cater to a wide range of types of farmers.
The same holds true for other value chain actors such as local traders, warehouse managers, input suppliers and local processors: they also need business services to be able to cope with the dynamic environment they find themselves in.
After the European Agribusiness in Africa workshop (organised by the European Commission in April), the Platform for African-European partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) collected interesting reference material focusing on agricultural entrepreneurs:
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