CASA Research recommendations digest for governments & regulatory agencies
1 Increasing the pipeline of investment-ready agribusinesses: Recommendations
To increase the pipeline of investment-ready agribusinesses, governments and regulatory authorities should:
1.1 Cooperate in efforts to harmonize technical standards and taxonomies in the provision of inclusive technical assistance to facilitate comparison between different approaches over time, and between geographies.
To increase the pipeline of investment-ready agribusinesses governments and regulatory authorities should also:
1.2 Ensure that state extension services deliver technical assistance services to smallholders that are in agribusinesses supply chains.
1.3 Develop publicly funded agricultural investment vehicles with longer horizons than can be provided by the market.
1.4 Through their policies and investments, seek to intentionally support the growth of mature and profitable agri-SMEs to anchor markets for both agricultural commodities and agricultural finance, by acting as a significant buyer or supplier that will crowd in services for smaller SMEs.
1.5 Develop and maintain long-term strategies that create a stable and predictable policy environment at all levels, from local to national.
1.6 Recognize that commercial banks usually have an agri-specific division or focus as a result of government policies and incentives – increasing incentives should catalyse further investment.
Updated March 2023
Summary of recommendations for governments and regulatory agencies