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    13 May 2011

    Re-issued as received

    New UNIDO Study Builds Case for Agribusiness Development as Path to Africa's Prosperity

    VIENNA, 13 May (UN Information Service) - Opportunities and challenges for African agribusiness and agro-industries are the focus of a new book published by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

    "Agribusiness for Africa's Prosperity" outlines the current status of agribusiness and agro-industrial activities in Africa, and situates them in historical and global context. It analyses the opportunities for diversified growth, and assesses the existing and potential sources of demand growth for agribusiness development on the continent.

    In recent years, a renewed focus on agriculture has been evident in policy and development agendas for the African continent, yet little knowledge has been generated on the inter-linkages of production, agro-industry and markets, as well as the potential and capacities for developing them.

    Edited by Kandeh K. Yumkella, Patrick M. Kormawa, Torben M. Roepstorff and Anthony M. Hawkins and with contributions from a wide range of international experts, the book fills what UNIDO perceived as a significant gap in knowledge concerning these issues.

    It was conceived as a resource for policymakers, agribusiness managers, and researchers in agribusiness development.

    The book is available in English and can be downloaded here:

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    For printed copies in English and further information, please contact:

    Patrick Kormawa
    UNIDO Project Manager
    Email: P.Kormawa[at]


    Philippe Scholtès
    Director, UNIDO Agribusiness Development Branch
    Email: P.Scholtes[at]

    For more information about UNIDO, please contact:

    Mikhail Evstafyev
    UNIDO Advocacy and Communication Coordinator
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26026-5021
    Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-7329
    Email: M.Evstafyev[at]