Inclusive skills for innovative enterprise development in the agri-business sector

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This summary note presents the main findings from a joint ETF-EBRD research project launched in September 2020 as a response to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and its subsequent impact – including economic downturns, labour market contraction and new challenges for enterprises – in agri-business in Georgia, Morocco, Serbia, Turkey and Uzbekistan. It provides an overview of the practices and experiences of a range of agri-business companies in the five countries covered by the research – from micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to international retailer brands. Some of the public policy implications of the industry trends and specific private sector experiences are also examined and some ‘pointers’ for further interventions to promote innovation and inclusive skills development for the sustainable growth of agri-business are provided.

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