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Agro Processing and Value Addition for Entrepreneurship Development
Mangaraj Shukadev, 2014, Satish Serial Publishing House, 408p, Rs 3850.00,
ISBN: 9789381226902

The book contains knowledge and skills on the basic steps to develop organize and manage an agro processing business venture along with any of its risks in order to make a profit. Entrepreneurial spirit is characterized by innovation and risk-taking, and is an essential component of a nation’s ability to succeed in an ever changing and increasingly competitive global marketplace.

The promotion of value addition in the agricultural sector through agro-processing activities is generally reckoned to be one of the most efficient policies that can be enforced to achieve sustainable economic growth. Investments in agro-processing are known to have significant multiplier effects, due to the forward and backward linkages in the productive chains of the sector.

Considering the need of the hour it was felt to bring out a publication on agro processing for entrepreneurship development. The book discusses about the basic concepts of establishing agro processing industry, technology used in the food processing, equipment involved the establishment of agro processing centre, different crops available for taking up agro processing activities and value addition, financial feasibility and the profits that can be gained from the activities. It is useful to students, instructors, researchers, food processing industry personnel, policy maker and to all those who are interested in entrepreneurship development from agricultural processing and allied sectors.

Agricultural Value Chain Finance – Tools and Lessons
Calvin Miller and Linda Jones, 2010, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations and Practical Action Publishing

Value chains in agriculture comprise a set of actors who conduct a linked sequence of  value-adding activities involved in bringing a product from its raw material stage to the final consumer. Value chain finance, as described in this volume, refers to the financial flows to those actors from both within the value chain and financial flows to those actors from the outside as a result of their being linked within a value chain. The purpose of this book is to provide an understanding of the emerging field of agricultural value chain finance.

The volume represents the extensive experience of many organizations, with the learning  presented through case studies and descriptive analysis, followed by lessons learned and recommendations. The information is primarily drawn from a rich collection of documents, presentations and discussions that took place at international conferences on the subject that were organized by FAO in Latin America, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia during 2006 and 2007, and research work in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2008. The information is augmented by learning from the research and case examples of multiple organizations who are working in this field.

Making markets more inclusive: Lessons from CARE and the Future of Sustainability in Agricultural Value Chain Development
K. McKague and M. Siddiquee, 2014, AIAA, 264 p., ISBN-13: 978-1137382917

Most studies of doing business at the “bottom of the economic pyramid” focus on viewing the poor as consumers, as micro-entrepreneurs, or as potential employees of local companies. Almost no analysis focuses on the poor as primary producers of agricultural commodities a striking omission given that primary producers are by far the largest segment of the working-age population in developing economies.

Making Markets More Inclusive bridges the management literature with original research on agricultural value chains in developing and emerging economies. This exciting work is the first to delve into the skills, capabilities, strategies and approaches needed for inclusive value chain development. McKague shows how NGOs and companies can connect poor producers in developing economies with the right markets to better create social and economic impact.