February 8, 2013 by Eleni Gabre-Madhin

‘On the one hand things should be done on a commercial basis to make it sustainable, scaleable and away from subsidising market structures. But the other is that there are things like capacity building, attracting smallholders into the markets that need public input. One thing we showed conclusively in Ethiopia is that one can do good and do good business. I don’t think there’s sense in setting up heavy, bureaucratic, administratively top heavy structures that would collapse at some stage … If for social welfare needs we still needed some injection of support to do some extra public good that’s where the public sector comes in.’

-Eleni Gabre-Madhin, The Public Ledger-February 2013

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