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The role of agriculture and agro-processing for development in Tunisia


  • Figueroa, Jose Luis
  • Mahmoud, Mai
  • El-Enbaby, Hoda


This paper is part of a series of three country-case studies to investigate the potential role of agro-processing for economic development based on the strong backward and forward linkages agro-processing firms have with the agricultural sector. Previous analyses for Egypt and Jordan (Figueroa, Mahmoud, and Breisinger 2017; El-Enbaby et al. 2016) have shown how developing the agro-processing sub-sector as well as encouraging the production of high-value crops can promote economic and social well-being, especially in rural areas where the majority of the poor are concentrated. In continuation with this line of research, this paper aims at analyzing: • What role agriculture has played for the Tunisian economy in recent years; • What is the role of agricultural productivity and structural change in fostering agricultural growth in Tunisia; and • What is the potential of agro-processing for economic development and rural transformation in the country.

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  • Figueroa, Jose Luis & Mahmoud, Mai & El-Enbaby, Hoda, 2018. "The role of agriculture and agro-processing for development in Tunisia," MENA working papers 9, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:fpr:menawp:9

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