The Agribusiness Program is focused on research and adoption of initiatives and innovations to improve outcomes for smallholder farmers arising out of participating in agri-food value chains. This includes research on inputs supply, production, harvesting, shipping, processing, packaging and marketing of farm products; effective management of the many complex factors, issues and tasks; understanding of and linking to markets; and management of the enabling environment.
Crucial components of successful agribusiness enterprise include communication and information transfer up and down value chains, and the communication and management skills and abilities of agribusiness chain participants (smallholders and their chain partners).
Agribusiness comprises the processes and agents involved in the supply and transformation of inputs to farm production, farm production itself, post-harvest handling and infrastructure, packaging, transport and storage, processing, marketing and retail sales. The Program also addresses biosecurity, quality control and quality management, compliance in general, and the contribution of key on-farm and through-chain services and inputs including finance.
Agribusiness covers markets, regulations, policies (including investment and infrastructure) and institutions. The agribusiness system encompasses micro-, small-, medium- and large-scale enterprises and companies involved in agri-food and forestry value chains, as well as the markets, institutions and policies that influence them. This includes policies related to imports and exports and those related to structural and agricultural transformation.
Research Program Manager: Mr Howard Hall.