Volume 4, Issue 4, July 2019, Page: 144-153
Analysis of the Commercial Integration Between Agricultural and Agri-food Industries Sectors in Côte d'Ivoire
Noufou Coulibaly, Management and Applied Economics Department, National Polytechnic Institute Houphouët Boigny, Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire
Kone Siaka, Management and Applied Economics Department, National Polytechnic Institute Houphouët Boigny, Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire
Yapi Yapo Magloire, Agriculture and Animal Science Department, National Polytechnic Institute Houphouët Boigny, Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire
Kouassi Yao Daniel Mardochée, School of Agronomy, Agroeconomy Section, National Polytechnic Institute Houphouët Boigny, Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire
Received: Apr. 8, 2019;       Accepted: May 28, 2019;       Published: Jun. 13, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijae.20190404.12      View  149      Downloads  49
Abstract
According to economic theory, when branches of the agricultural sector and of Agri-Food Industries (AFIs) are strongly integrated, this has the advantage of increasing ripple effect, thereby positively impacting the development of the agricultural sector. Our goal, was to appreciate the degree of integration of the agriculture and AFIs sectors in Côte d’Ivoire. We used the Leontief model as methodology, with the Ivorian economy’s 2013 Supply-Use Table data. This study shows that: The amount of agricultural product, sold to AFIs is estimated at 22.82% of agricultural gross production (AGDP), which represents 38.13% of AFI's intermediate consumption; while the AFIs to Agriculture sales represent only 2.79% of the Agriculture branch’s consumption. This reflects the fact that, the branches of the agricultural sector and of AFIs are poorly integrated. In addition, the weak relationship between them is unilateral in an Agriculture to AFI direction. Any innovation in any of the branches of this AFC will have minor effect on the mutation of the other branches. The weak integration between agriculture and agro-food industry is due to incoherent policies in Côte d'Ivoire, where, for a long time, processing of food agriculture has not been a big concern despite significant post-harvest losses in the sector, and due also to the inappropriate conditions for the emergence of an endogenous industrial fabric. In the light of our results, we made the following suggestions. The Government should develop policies that are consistent with each other, and work towards a healthy business climate. We also suggest encouraging and attracting donors to develop Agri-Food Industry, entrepreneurship and agribusiness. The Government should stimulate and promote a sound integration of training and research institutions with the business world. The Government will need to work towards a technical and financial support program for SMEs. Finally, we suggest the development of research on imported or local products.
Keywords
Agri-food Industry, Industry Dependence, Branch Integration Level, Value-Added Branch, Intermediate-Consumption Branch, End-Use Branches, Ripple Effect
To cite this article
Noufou Coulibaly, Kone Siaka, Yapi Yapo Magloire, Kouassi Yao Daniel Mardochée, Analysis of the Commercial Integration Between Agricultural and Agri-food Industries Sectors in Côte d'Ivoire, International Journal of Agricultural Economics. Vol. 4, No. 4, 2019, pp. 144-153. doi: 10.11648/j.ijae.20190404.12
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