Private sector partners are necessary to sustain processes (e.g., food processing technology, market access) that cannot be provided by the public sector alone.
On the other hand, many companies interested in investing in emerging markets need public sector support.
In addition to individual consumers, food markets are composed of private sector companies that procure crops to process products for the marketplace.
As a public international organization, IFDC has worked for many years to establish viable public-private partnerships that benefit the partners as well as participating smallholder farmers and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
With the “market” as the key driver for agricultural intensification, the pan-African 2SCALE project is leveraging private cooperation through PPPs with national and Dutch multinational agro-enterprises involved in input supply, professional service provision and output marketing.
For example, Friesland Campina – the largest importer and processor of milk products in Nigeria – is sourcing fresh milk from small-scale Fulani milk producers. 2SCALE assists the company in organizing the farmers, strengthening their technical capacity and improving milk volume and quality. Two vegetable seed companies – East West Seed International and Rijk Zwaan – are participating in PPPs to provide quality seed and technical support to vegetable clusters.