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The Report: Abu Dhabi 2023

Agriculture & Food Security Sector Analysis

Abu Dhabi, occupying 84% of the UAE’s landmass, plays a crucial role in agriculture and food security. The emirate is investing significantly in strengthening supply and value chains to enhance...

Focus Report: Exploring the role of women and youth in Africa's agriculture sector

The last few years have seen marked developments in the dynamic landscape of African agriculture. The continent’s cultivated land has expanded significantly since 2020, contributing to 52%...

Improving the resilience of Africa’s agriculture sector

Despite being home to 60% of the world’s arable land, Africa has yet to unlock its full agricultural potential. The 2023 edition of the “Agriculture in Africa Focus Report”, produced in partnership with OCP Group...

How ESG is creating opportunities across African economies

This video explores how environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles are creating new opportunities for sustainable development across African economies. Governments across sub-Saharan Africa...

Special Reports on the Agriculture Sector

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Focus Report: How can agriculture in Africa meet the challenges of the future?

While Africa has the potential to feed the world's population in the coming years, in order to accomplish this, land must be developed sustainably by addressing pressing issues such as deforestation...

Covid-19 Response Report

Report: Can agri-tech offer sustainable solutions to GCC food security challenges?

Food production in the GCC has long faced obstacles ranging from water scarcity to a lack of arable soil – factors that are being exacerbated by climate change. Prior to Covid-19, imports accounted for 85% of the...

Focus Report

Focus report: Opportunities and challenges in Zimbabwe’s sugar industry

As one of the largest formal employers in Zimbabwe, the sugar industry's growth potential is significant. Although challenges remain – including a lack of financing and mechanisation...

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Focus Report: Agriculture at the heart of Nigeria's economic development plans

Recent years have seen renewed policy focus on agriculture as an important source of revenue for a diversified Nigerian economy, with plans to revitalise the sector centred on increasing local production...

Focus Report: How can agriculture in Africa meet the challenges of the future?
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Focus report: Opportunities and challenges in Zimbabwe’s sugar industry
Focus Report: Agriculture at the heart of Nigeria's economic development plans

The Report: Misrata 2024

Agriculture and Food Industry Sector Analysis

While Misrata has traditionally relied on industries such as manufacturing and trade, the agriculture sector and food segment have been quietly gaining momentum in recent years. Misrata’s relatively...

Report: How can West and Central Africa use ESG to boost value-added activities in special economic zones?

Several West and Central African countries have incorporated the UN Sustainable Development Goals in their respective economic growth strategies, driven by a desire from both public and private...

Agriculture Sector Analyses


Mohamed Al Za’louk, Chairman, Bladi Al Khair Company

Consumer demand and affordability are critical drivers shaping investment in the agriculture and food industry both locally and internationally. The Covid-19 pandemic had a considerable impact on consumer preferences, leading to shifts in demand patterns and consumption habits as people’s routines changed. While demand has recovered for the most part, the volatility in oil and gas prices, as well as the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, have created uncertainties, particularly in the global food market...


Why collaboration is key to Abu Dhabi’s agriculture, food security goals

Abu Dhabi comprises around 84% of the UAE’s landmass, making the emirate integral to national agricultural output and food security. The UAE has been working to strengthen its agriculture sector for a number of years, and the socio-economic stresses brought upon by the Covid-19 pandemic have served to reinforce the country’s resolve in that respect. Multiple initiatives are under way in Abu Dhabi that seek to leverage the spectrum of approaches to develop food production systems that can support the nutritional needs of the...


Saeed Al Bahri Salem Al Ameri, Director-General, Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA)

On opportunities for the private sector to bolster food security


Agriculture, agro-processing grows in Misrata

hile Misrata has traditionally relied on industries such as manufacturing and trade, the agriculture sector and food segment has been quietly gaining momentum in recent years. The agricultural landscape in Libya is primarily located within a narrow belt along the Mediterranean coastline, including the region around Misrata, select mountainous regions and various oases within the desert. Misrata’s relatively favourable climate and fertile land have fostered the growth of various crops, including olives, citrus fruits and grains, while...


Libya prioritises food production for investment

Despite recent successes, unrest has affected market networks and access to resources for agricultural production. It has also hindered progress in mitigating the effects of climate change, amplifying the adverse effects on agriculture, livelihoods, and food and economic security. Given the disruptions to market linkages and purchasing power in recent years, bolstering food security and ensuring the affordability of key goods will play a central role in the sector’s development going forwards. There are various prospects for...

The Report: Nigeria 2023

Agriculture Sector Analysis

Agriculture remains a linchpin of Nigeria’s economy, contributing nearly 25% to GDP and employing 70% of the country’s workforce. To leverage its arable land and favourable climate...

Agriculture in Emerging Markets

Economic News

In infographics: Boosting local value added in agricultural commodities in Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire agriculture sector, which accounts for roughly one-fifth of GDP and employs two-thirds of the population, is a core sector of the economy with global significance. The country is a key exporter of cocoa, cashew nuts, palm oil, bananas, coffee, rubber, kola nuts and cotton. Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s leading cocoa producer and shares the title of number-one cocoa grinder with the Netherlands. It is also the top cashew nut exporter and was the leading producer of sweet bananas in 2017...

Economic News

How agri-tech start-ups are driving investment in emerging markets

Even as global funding levels drop, agri-tech start-ups remain a key driver of investment in emerging markets as they work to make farming greener, more productive and more climate resilient. Global investment in agri-tech start-ups totalled $10.6bn in 2022, down 13% from 2021 – a record funding year for global start-ups – but ahead of the 2020 figure of $7bn. This matched a general downwards trend in venture capital activity, as investors became more cautious amid global headwinds and deepening fears of recession...


Sustainability at the heart of African agriculture

Bernardo Bruzzone, Regional Editor for Africa at Oxford Business Group, speaks with Professor Bruno Gérard, Head of the Agrobiosciences department at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), about the opportunities and challenges present nowadays in the African agriculture sector. Africa has the potential to feed the world’s population in the coming years, however, there is room for more private investment to strengthen and modernise the sector in a continent where more than 70% of the population lives from agriculture.

Economic News

Exploring the future of sustainable aquaculture in emerging markets

With per capita fish consumption having doubled in the past six decades, aquaculture is becoming more important in combatting food insecurity. Recent innovations seek to improve sustainability and productivity while assuaging quality concerns. Venture capitalists invested $39bn in food tech start-ups in 2021, double the amount seen in 2020. While over half of this amount went to digital grocers and online marketplaces, a number of companies developing innovative aquaculture technologies stand to benefit from...

Economic News

Nigeria targets agro-processing as a future growth driver

As Nigeria looks to restructure its economy to be more diversified and sustainable, agro-processing is emerging as a key tool to improve agricultural value added while also bolstering the sector’s status as a driver of economic growth. As in many African countries, agriculture has long been an important part of Nigeria’s economy – not only in terms of food production, but also in terms of its economic impact and contribution to the overall workforce. However, the discovery of oil in the 1950s and the subsequent development...

Economic News

Can sustainable agriculture address global food security?

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions and broader environmental concerns, many countries are looking to improve the efficiency of agriculture while also reducing its carbon footprint. The drive for sustainable agriculture has gained impetus in recent months, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which curtailed exports of maize, wheat and cooking oil from two of the world’s key producers – raising broader concerns about global food security. Supply constraints are being exacerbated by climate concerns...

Economic News

How are MENA nations moving to bolster food security?

Nations in the MENA region have been intensifying efforts to increase their food security, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine the most recent geopolitical event to underline the fragility of global supply chains, as well as the importance of agricultural self-sufficiency. Together, Russia and Ukraine account for around 29% of the world’s wheat supply, pointing to the significant risk – in terms of both availability and price – to major grain-importing countries as a result of the escalating conflict. Egypt is the world’s largest wheat...

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