Agricultural small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) across Africa typically have few pathways to scaling their operations: They could invest in new machinery to increase outputs, but loans are often out of reach. Product quality and pricing could be tailored for bigger food manufacturers’ needs, but existing systems often don’t align with large-scale manufacturers’ requirements. These are but a few of the many obstacles that agricultural SMEs face when it comes to joining global supply networks.
Mukhtar is an Associate Partner in the Dalberg Addis Ababa office where his work spans a broad range of development areas, including industrialization, labour markets, agriculture, and environment. He has provided advice on strategy, design of new initiatives, and organizational effectiveness.