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Risks to Agribusiness Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Risks to Agribusiness Investment
in Sub-Saharan Africa
Julie Wroblewski and Hendrik Wolff
Prepared for the Agricultural Policy and Statistics team
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Evans School Policy Analysis and Research Group February 12, 2010
Professor C. Leigh Anderson, PI and Lead Faculty
Associate Professor Mary Kay Gugerty, Lead Faculty
Ryan Gockel, Lead Research Analyst
This literature review provides a summary of the risks that potentially limit private sector agribusiness
investment in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and some responses to those risks. First, the request
reviews risks that limit private sector investment, according to available literature. Second, the request
provides a review of interventions used to mitigate risk to agricultural investment including
government policy, international financial institutions, philanthropic efforts and other private
Risk is defined as a potential negative impact to assets, investments, or profitability of investments in
the agricultural industry that may arise from some present process or future event. This request
focuses on risks to agribusiness investors rather than risks to smallholder farmers, although, the two


Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences