The conventional thinking is to provide developing countries with what they lack, such as financial resources and sound institutions. However, it can be a daunting task to establish well-functioning financial system and institutions. A more viable approach often is to enhance existing strengths embedded in rural areas. One noted approach is the cluster-based development model. Egypt has a large number of clusters; however, unlike in many Asian and Latin American countries where cluster-based development was a driver of agricultural and rural development, most of these clusters remain small.
This roundtable was held in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) under the USAID-funded project “Evaluating Impact and Building Capacity (EIBC). The objective of the seminar was to inform policy-making in Egypt and to refine the research agenda on cluster-based development.