The analysis is based on a mixed-methods approach. The approach is comprised of a quantitative survey among local manufacturers; a qualitative mapping exercise called net-maps (Schiffer & Hauck, 2010) among local manufacturers and other stakeholders, which allows for identifying key actors and bottlenecks; and key informant interviews with stakeholders that are important for the success of local manufacturers such as representatives from farmers and industry associations, regulatory bodies, financial institutions, training institutions, among others. The report provides policy recommendations on how to make local manufacturers thrive and increase their competitiveness vis-àvis machinery imports. The report identifies opportunities for mechanization policy and investments to increase productivity, incomes, and employment opportunities and add value to African produce.
This study was published as FARA Research Report 6 (09): Pp 31.