Public, private, producer partnerships in East Africa

One of the concepts most commonly discussed in value-chain development projects is that of the 4Ps: the Public, Private, Producer Partnerships. This refers to the strong cooperation arrangements between a government, business agents and smallscale producers, who agree to work together to reach a common goal or carry out a specific task while jointly assuming risks and responsibilities, and sharing benefits, resources and competencies. A 4P arrangement ideally serves multiple development objectives. For example, it can be a mechanism to include a specific target group in value chains led
by private companies. Private investment can also facilitate access to markets, technical assistance, knowledge, technology and capital. Finally, intensification of production and development of value chains can generate significant employment opportunities.

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    1. Networking initiatives
    Collective marketing: making maize a profitable product in Tanzania
    Increasing awareness of post-harvest best practices for maize and bean farmers
    Rural investment ideas become fundable plans
    2. Vertical integration: processing
    Increasing incomes and reducing post-harvest losses in Mbulu
    Market access: ensuring product quality and customer confidence
    The agro-enterprise approach increases incomes for Tanzanian smallholder farmers
    3. Vertical integration: storage
    Agricultural value chain finance for smallholder farmers
    Finding success with soybeans
    Improving sunflower production and reducing post-harvest losses
    Minimising potato seed lossesand improving production
    4. Innovation platforms
    Innovation platforms for solving marketing inefficiencies
    SAGCOT – Africa’s Success Story

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Public, private, producer partnerships in East Africa