Transforming Africa's agriculture through agro-industrialization

This issue paper briefly presents the case for agro-industrialization as Africa’s viable path to sustainable economic growth. The paper also discusses the opportunities and the challenges that the continent faces with regards to its efforts toward agro-industrialization, and sheds some light on how the continent can structurally transform itself from the bottom of the global value chains to one of industrial corridors in the world. The paper further discusses the experiences and lessons of South Korea, which remarkably transformed itself from a predominantly agrarian economy into one of the high income countries in less than a generation.