Powering the beef sector

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 19 November 2014   |   By Staff Writer

The Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP) recently engaged the International Trade Centre (ITC) to undertake a Value Chain Analysis and Development (VCAD) on the Botswana beef sector. The objective of the VCAD was to identify bottlenecks and constraints in the sector’s value chain, especially related to exports and Small, Micro and Medium-Enterprises (SMMEs), and propose an action plan to alleviate such constraints.

Botswana’s beef sector remains important for country’s rural population, and it continues to be an important source of export earnings. It has been highlighted as a strategic sector to be promoted to support the country’s Economic Diversification Drive (EDD). At the same time, it is hampered by structural challenges, including an export monopoly and lack of scale, which reduce its commercial potential.

The meeting will also sensitise donors and financing institutions on supporting some components of the Action Plan in partnership with PSDP.

The outcome of this important meeting will be for participants to map a way forward for the sector to pursue and/or implement it.

Interested stakeholders and the general public are therefore invited to take part in the beef sector plenary sessions which will be held in the framework of the Global Expo, from 17 to 19 November 2014 in Gaborone, Botswana. Global Expo is a Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) platform for developing partnerships in Botswana.

The participants will include the Ministry of Agriculture, National Strategy Office, Ministry of Trade and Industry,

Why hold a Public-Private dialogue meeting?

Botswana’s beef industry is complex, involving a range of actors and channels with diverse objectives and needs but dominated by traditional beef cattle production systems. However, the potentials offered by this sector are enormous if entrepreneurial dynamism, use of modern technologies of production and processing, and linkages to premium markets are established. The beef VCAD offers opportunities for modernizing and integrating domestic, regional and international beef trade and access to markets.

The objectives of the beef stakeholders meeting are to present the outcome of the beef value chain analysis including the Action Plan; to facilitate the dialogue between the public and private sector entities involved in the beef industry, and to benefit from best practices from Southern African and European Union beef

Botswana National Beef Producers Union, SMMEs of the beef sector, SADC beef associations, EU beef associations, financing institutions and donors, intermediary organisations (e.g. BEMA, BITC, BIH, BOCCIM, BOBS, BNPC, LEA, etc.) and service providers of the beef industry.

The Private Sector Development Programme is a Government of Botswana initiative supported by the Ministry of Trade