The African (Accelerated) Agribusiness and Agro-industries Development Initiative (3ADI)

The African (Accelerated) Agribusiness and Agro-industries Development Initiative (3ADI)

The goal of the 3ADI is to develop the agriculture sector in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), and by the year 2020, to have highly productive and profitable agricultural value chains. The initiative aims at accelerating the development of the agribusiness and agro-industries to ensure value-addition to agricultural products.

The leading agencies are Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), to support a well-coordinated effort to enhance development impacts. The cooperation builds on sharing knowledge and harmonizing programmes in ways that capture synergies, avoid fragmented efforts, and enhance developmental impacts.

The 3ADI “African Agribusiness and Agro-Industries Development Initiative” was launched in August 2010 in response to a request from the Commission of the African Union. Its objective is to raise competitiveness in the agro-sector through value-addition, market participation and industrial transformation, in order to reduce poverty and increase food security in African countries.
To access the 3ADI concept note.


The Practitioner’s Guide to Value Chain Development

Copyright © 2011 by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

57 pages.

This guide introduces 25 questions to help lead programme designers and managers of agricultural value chain projects to success.  It aims to complement existing value chain development tools that focus less on bringing together technical and social dimensions. The questions focus on problems and complications that often occur during the different phases of value chain selection and analysis, and design and implementation of related projects. 
The guide does not attempt to provide the user with all the information needed to develop a full-fledged project implementation plan. Rather, it offers recommendations on project management and organization for the analysis and design phases of a project, complementing in-depth planning and formulation. 
Following the steps of project cycle management, the manual is structured in five sections. Each section provides five key questions that draw attention to good practices: 
(1) selection/validation of the value chain; (2) functional value chain analysis; (3) social value chain analysis; (4) project design; and (5) implementation. 
Related to PAEPARD:

Value Chain Diagnostics: 

The Cashew Nut Industries in Tanzania

  • A value chain diagnostics on cashew nuts, has been carried out by experts from UNIDO, MIT, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Cooperatives (MAFSC) and the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development (MLFD) using a UNIDO method (access the “Diagnostic tool for industrial value chain development“).
  • Reports on the status of development in the two value chains including development constraints and recommendations are available: Diagnostics of the Cashew Value Chain in Tanzania (diagnostic study)

3ADI value chain diagnosis in Zambia
A diagnostic study for cotton and fruits & vegetable value chains was conducted in response to a request from the Zambian government to participate in the 3ADI. During the consultations in Lusaka, the Government officials highlighted the importance of agribusiness development. The diagnostic study covering major findings and recommendations will be presented to the government and key stakeholders in November 2013 in Lusaka.

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