Unlocking economic opportunities for farmers
The Agribusiness Program works to improve business outcomes for smallholder farmers, communities and industries. It involves research at all points along the agricultural, forestry and fisheries value chains, including inputs, production and harvest, and post-harvest activities of packaging, transport and storage, processing, marketing and sales.
The program seeks to identify opportunities for smallholders to adopt new technologies and create links to markets. It addresses biosecurity, farm production management, quality control, and compliance with market and government regulations. Finance for smallholders to participate in value chains is another area of focus.
Communication up and down the value chain is a crucial to successful enterprise, so the Agribusiness Program supports projects that build communications and management skills of people along the value chain, as well as their capacity to adapt to structural and agricultural transformation. The program also considers factors that influence market development, regulations, policies and institutions that influence production, investment and infrastructure.