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Country Agribusiness Partnership Framework

Country Agribusiness Partnership Framework

Mainstreaming private sector action into NAIPs in post CAADP Malabo implementation

The Country Agribusiness Partnership Framework (CAP-F) is a Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) country engagement and partnership tool developed to support the formation of partnerships between agribusinesses, non-state actors, development partners, governments and farmers with the intent of unlocking private sector investment in National Agricultural Investment Plans (NAIP) prioritised value chains. CAP-F integration is being supported by Grow Africa, a programme of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency established to facilitate private sector investment in African agriculture. 

Relevance for achievement of Malabo Targets 

AU Heads of State and Governments renewed their commitment to CAADP, pledging to enhance public and private investment in agriculture – and accentuating the increasing role of partnerships for attainment of agricultural transformational goals. In a departure from traditional reliance on public sector driven investment, commitment was made to enhance policy and institutional systems to facilitate private sector investment in agriculture, agribusiness and agro-industries. In essence, the post Malabo implementation process emphasises as a key deliverable, the establishment of a dedicated private sector engagement process; CAP-F, under NAIP, where agro-businesses can engage policy decision makers on obstacles and priority actions to unlock private investment in Agriculture.

Recommendations for anchoring CAP-F in NAIPs 

CA-F should ideally be introduced during the NAIP review process during private sector consultation on priority value chains of commercial interest and existing weaknesses in the enabling environment. Introductory meetings led by the African Union Commission, NEPAD, and Grow Africa formally introduce CAP-F to country leadership. A stocktaking exercise then follows facilitated by Grow Africa to ascertain the level of resourcing required to implement CAP-F and ensure country ownership in design. Based on findings of the stocktaking, an implementation roadmap is developed, and validated by all key stakeholders signifying formal “launch” of CAP-F. Implementation of the validated Roadmap follows, with formation of country coordination structures, convening multi-stakeholder platforms, conducting value chain analyses and business case development, matching investors to business opportunities, and building a database of partner commitments. The culmination of CAP-F country work streams will be signing of Term Sheets - a preliminary agreement between two or more parties that outlines basic terms and conditions under which the investment will be made. The term sheet will be used to develop a more detailed binding agreement between the parties concerned once pre-conditions for investment have been met. 

Key Messages 

The Country Agribusiness Partnership Framework is not a stand-alone initiative. It is a process that streamlines what exists to ensure effective CAADP process that delivers on commitments of AU Heads of State and Government to enhance investment in agriculture. 

Operationalisation of CAP-F at country level will: 

  • Support stakeholders to identify systemic policy issues inhibiting agribusiness development; prioritise policy challenges and identify suitable options for resolution 
  • Support countries in mobilising and unlocking investment finance from stakeholders (private sector players, governments and development partners) to support agricultural activities 
  • Play a key role in matching investment finance with key gaps and needs along value chains, ensuring that investments are channelled where they are needed most 
  • Serve as a dynamic inventory and registry of each country’s partnerships and commitments on investments and policy changes.