This post was originally published at PAEPARD and has been republished with permission.
There are several opportunities for private equity investors, specifically in countries that are already experiencing fast growth in the agricultural sector, particularly Angola, Malawi and Nigeria.
- In Angola, there are enormous opportunities to invest in medium-to large-scale farms in maize, rice, beans, soya and assorted vegetables.
- In Nigeria, private equity investors can support growing medium-and large-scale farmers in cassava production — money that will be invested in new processing facilities to produce industrial starch that will serve the market, reducing the reliance on imports.
- Malawi’s poultry and animal feed enterprises, thriving fertiliser industry, production of animal health products, fishery industries combined with adequate food storage facilities make the country a suitable destination for investors.
Together, governments, investors and other stakeholders must pursue new and alternative sources to funding — such as sovereign wealth funds and domestic resources — and to creating incentives for the private sector to make investments.