Asmita Parshotam

Independent Consultant

Asmita Parshotam is an admitted attorney, currently working as an international trade and development expert. She is a well-recognised author and is widely published in peer-revised journals. She also has an extensive media engagement history, including interviews with the BBC, SABC, eNCA, CNBC Africa and publications with Project Syndicate. Asmita’s work is rooted in comprehensive policy and research analysis and practical implementation of political economy issues in her work with government partners. She has expertise in trade and gender issues, digital trade, trade and investment, agricultural value chain creation in Southern Africa, multilateral and mega-regional trade agreements, and SME development. Asmita has previously worked at the World Trade Organisation, the European Centre for Development Policy Management in the Netherlands and the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg.

Asmita Parshotam, Javier Revilla Diez

Economic Growth Corridors Through a Value-Chain Lens: The Case of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor in Tanzania

Tanzania’s Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor (SAGCOT) is a role-model economic growth corridor (EGC). It aims at easing the incorporation of smallholder farmers into global and regional value chains through partnerships with larger agricultural companies. EGCs in general and SAGCOT in particul...

Asmita Parshotam

Cultivating Smallholder Inclusion in Southern Africa’s Macadamia Nut Value Chains

This paper examines the potential for developing a macadamia nut value chain within Southern Africa, while also exploring the potential for incorporating smallholder producers into the macadamia nut industry. Using the country case studies of South Africa, Mozambique and Malawi, the paper examines t...

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