Historically Agriculture and Industry have traditionally been viewed as two separate sectors both in terms of their characteristics and their role in economic growth. Agriculture has been considered the hallmark of the first stage of development, while the degree of industrialization has been taken to be the most relevant indicator of a country’s progress along the development path. Moreover, the proper strategy for growth has often been conceived as one of a more or less gradual shift from agriculture to industry, with the onus on agriculture to finance the shift in the first stage.
Today, Agriculture has become more or less an Industry on it’s own. The role of agriculture in the process of development has been reappraised and revalued from the point of view of its contribution to industrialization and its importance for harmonious development and political and economic stability. This is in part because technology, vertical integration, marketing and consumer preferences have evolved.
The deployment of resources in agriculture has become increasingly responsive to market forces and increasingly integrated with other supportive industries. Agro-Processing has gradually become the subset of manufacturing that processes raw materials and intermediate products derived from the agricultural sector by transforming products originating from agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
We aim to provide Advisory and Technical Assistance for the creation and expansion of small and medium sized Agro-Processing enterprises through focusing on product research and development for the transformation of local produce into value added agricultural products as well as the transfer of technology for Agri-Business development to improve income generation and food security.