Picking the fruits: Making horticulture sector development in emerging economies more successful
This paper (PDF) is prepared by Frank Joosten, Director of Advance Consulting BV and Research Fellow at LEI Wageningen UR for the Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) at Wageningen UR under assignment by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands. The purpose of this paper is to support policy makers, development practitioners and private companies with some guidelines for the design and implementation of successful horticulture development strategies. This discussion paper aims to provide some answers to these key questions: (a) How to assess the business case for horticultural growth and development in an emerging economy? (b) What are feasible options for inclusive growth in different horticultural supply chain arrangements? (c) What sort of external (public) support is required and justifiable to achieve inclusive growth and development? In the first part of the paper, the context for horticultural development is summarized. Main trends and specific characteristics of the sector are listed and general conclusions for the opportunities to realise the objectives are drawn up. The second part of the paper provides guidelines for the design and implementation of different support interventions in the horticultural sector. More details can be found in the annex to this discussion paper which elaborates on a number of issues raised in this discussion note.