Home' Partners : Partners: Private-sector engagement Contents The focus on private-sector development in this edition of Partners magazine reflects the
fact that it is the private sector that is the engine of economic growth.
It recognises that
people come out of poverty when they have the opportunity to develop and use their
skills more productively by getting a job or finding a better one. It also recognises that when
ACIAR works in partnership with researchers, the private sector and consumers, extraordinary
achievements can occur.
By working to enhance agricultural competitiveness and sustainability, increasing market
access and value-chain efficiencies and effectiveness, ACIAR contributes to economic
diplomacy and the aid-for-trade agenda of the Australian Government.
Private investment by farmers is the largest and most important source of investment in
agriculture in developing countries, averaging around US$170 billion.
assistance ranks as only the third largest source of financing flowing to the developing world
behind private capital and remittances.3
ACIAR understands this and continues to build on the strength of the private-sector
partnerships it has established over many years. As Dr Graeme Wright from the Peanut
Company of Australia notes, it is investment in R&D that leads to innovation: “That’s why there
has been such a focus on quality traits in our breeding program; and it was ACIAR projects
going back nearly 20 years that played a significant role in our investment portfolio.”
ACIAR is also exploring new ways to support inclusive business models. Engagement of
stakeholders along the whole of the value chain ensures that all parties better understand how
an industry operates, what each stakeholder’s role is and its relationship to others.
For example, by supporting the ‘Healthy Farm’ brand of chilled chickens and fresh eggs
for Indonesian supermarkets, ACIAR has provided a test of what it takes to develop a clean
supply chain in this country’s complex poultry sector. By adopting biosecurity measures, egg
and broiler producers receive production benefits such as reduced mortality of their birds
and better feed conversion rates, as well as reduced risk of disease outbreaks—enough of an
incentive for farmers to continue to invest in improving the biosecurity on their farms.
In Fiji, ACIAR-funded research into pearl production is now increasing its focus on value-
chain analysis. Not only is the project producing gorgeous jewellery, but it is also providing
an opportunity to empower local women. Over the next couple of years, the trainees will
participate in further workshops to learn about product distribution, expand their jewellery-
making skills, and develop their business and marketing acumen.
In Vanuatu, a value-chain partnership has developed in ways that benefit research
outcomes, enhance private-sector opportunities and improve cocoa smallholder livelihoods.
Through ACIAR’s Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative, cocoa researchers
are engaging with the private sector at multiple levels and at all project stages—concept,
planning, execution, monitoring, evaluation and knowledge transfer.
Success of ACIAR’s ventures in private-sector engagement will be demonstrated by an
increase in market-ready smallholders, market access, productivity and other impacts that are
attributable to our work, such as capacity building, policy development, sustainable practices
and engagement with women.
It is hoped that this edition of Partners will provide you with some useful insights into
engaging with the private sector.
Dr Nick Austin
CEO OF ACIAR
DFAT aid policy. Policy summary can be viewed at: www.dfat.gov.au
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2012
Alison Ion, Kristin Beyard and Santiago Sedaca (2014). Trends in public-private partnerships (PPPs) and inclusive business models (IBMs) for improving
food security and rural development through agriculture. Report prepared by CARANA Corporation for The Food Systems Innovation initiative, a
partnership between ACIAR, AIFSRC, CSIRO and DFAT. The report can be viewed at: http://foodsystemsinnovation.org.au/type/fsi-publications
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