The much awaited learning materials on agribusiness and risk management will be launched in early December 2015. The books, which exemplify concepts on real-life experiences from the African environment, contain unique contexualised case studies put together by a wide team of African authors composed of agricultural scholars, practitioners and researchers.
The book on agribusiness has been developed to fulfill the demands for African agribusiness by reorienting the subject in line with the rapidly evolving global trends. It aims to provide a solid foundation for students and practitioners in agribusiness to understand and develop solutions to complex agribusiness management challenges in both strategic planning and operational execution within the African business, economic and social environment. Each chapter in the book systematically illustrates theoretical concepts, analytical tools and methodologies that can be useful to address productivity and enhance efficiency in African traditional and non-traditional value chains. The practical case studies will be particularly useful to policymakers, extension officers and practitioners in promoting development of agribusiness in Africa. The book also provides a critical analysis of agribusiness sector investment opportunities and limitations, identify and develop potential value chains for major commodities in different countries as well as apply economic, legal, commercial and business theories and concepts in solving practical problems.
Risk Management Book
The book’s uniqueness lies in its multidisciplinary approach to addressing complexities associated with agricultural risks. It recognises and celebrates indigenous knowledge which contributes significantly to the added-value of the book.Essentially, if Africa wishes to strengthen agribusiness and thus promote agricultural entrepreneurship, it is mandatory that future graduates correctly identify emerging issues in agricultural risk management, developstrategic mitigation plans and ensure their implementation.
The book has relevant learning outcomes for students, lecturers and other stakeholders in agriculture; it provides contemporary knowledge on agricultural risks and expounds on disaster related concepts. It is hoped the book will change attitudes of agricultural practitioners to think upfront of risks and disasters and infuse them in their development plans rather than react to their impacts. The book has five sections: management of risk in natural resources; agricultural practices for managing risks; food and environmental safety in agricultural risk management; management of risks associated with use of agricultural inputs; and managing risks associated with climate change for increased resilience.