Agricultural small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) across Africa typically have few pathways to scaling their operations: They could invest in new machinery to increase outputs, but loans are often out of reach. Product quality and pricing could be tailored for bigger food manufacturers’ needs, but existing systems often don’t align with large-scale manufacturers’ requirements. These are but a few of the many obstacles that agricultural SMEs face when it comes to joining global supply networks.
Fabiola Salman is the leader of Dalberg’s Latin America practice, based in Mexico City. Her experience includes developing strategies for private sector development and employment by addressing regulatory and human capital barriers, designing strategies to expand access to women's health in rural areas and setting up public-private partnerships to improve public education.