Regional economic development requires actions beyond any single sphere of government and beyond any single sector. As such there is no single entity responsible for, or with authority over, regional economic development. Instead it requires skills in collaborative leadership linking spheres, sector and stakeholders together around a common economic agenda.
Harnessing the collective energies of others requires leaders who can lead from the inside out. This demands understanding oneself, the context and having a clear sense of purpose.
Value chains provide important opportunities for regional economic development, job creation, economic growth and business development. Agriculture plays a key role in supporting livelihoods; strategic interventions, from both the public and private sector, can provide opportunities to link agricultural activities to higher-value markets and related agro-food value chain activities.
The purpose of the training is to enhance participants’ collaborative leadership skills and their application in the thematic context of value chains. The training will also focus on the technical skills required in the public sector to understand, manage and grow value chains, with a specific focus on the agro-food value chain.
This course was successfully run from 24 – 26 August 2015, in Cape Town.
The aim of the course is to assist senior government officials involved in supporting value chains, and particularly the agro-food value chain, to develop and use collaborative leadership skills to maximise regional economic development through value chains.
Effectively leveraging value chains for regional economic development is a complex process requiring coordination between multiple partners. Developing the collaborative leadership and technical leadership skills to do so is an ongoing process. The course provides participants with an introductory grounding in collaborative leadership, in the core issues and key constraints/enablers of value chains, a deepened understanding of the agro-food value chain, and technical skills to work effectively within this context.
Lessons are drawn from various local good practices and case studies.
What do participants gain from attending the course?
1. Improved collaborative leadership skills for economic development
2. Enhanced transaction brokering and negotiation skills
3. An understanding of value chains as a tool for regional economic development
4. An expanded understanding of the agro-food value chain, and applicable constraints and opportunities
5. A deeper understanding of the role of the public sector as an enabler of economic development
6. An excellent platform for networking with other professionals operating at different stages of the agro-food value chain.
Who should attend the course?
The course targets and seeks to connect senior officials in key line departments, special purpose vehicles, special economic zones whose work is important to value chains, particularly the agro-food value chain. This includes those working to support emerging farmers, as well as those working with relevant sector bodies.