4P arrangements: learning lessons from public-private-producer partnerships

Cooperative efforts, or partnerships, between the public sector, the private sector and producers are known as 4P arrangements.

This refers to strong cooperation arrangements between a government, business agents and small-scale producers, who agree to work together while jointly assuming risks and responsibilities, and sharing benefits, resources and competencies.

Following the launch of its capitalisation project in early 2016, CTA received interest from a number of different partnerships across Eastern Africa, which wanted to look in greater detail at what their 4P partnerships had achieved. With the support of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, experience capitalisation processes were undertaken with the objective of gathering key insights and lessons that could be adapted and adopted to improve these and other partnerships in the future.

The publication is divided into 12 easy-to-read case studies which focus on different 4P arrangements across Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Partnership examples include improving sunflower production practices in Tanzania, adding value to vegetables in Zanzibar, and reducing post-harvest losses for maize and bean farmers in Rwanda.

The lessons learned from these partnerships are already being adapted and adopted, and CTA hopes that this approach will help contribute to a continuous process of learning, improvement and scaling up.

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Alex Miller

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.