A policy dialogue was organised by CABRI in March 2019 on ‘The Role of Governments in Developing Agriculture Value Chains for Employment Creation and Poverty Reduction’. Policy dialogues provide a platform for practitioners to learn from and share the experiences of their peers, applying the lessons learnt where appropriate. The dialogue brought together officials from 11 African countries working in ministries of finance, budget and agriculture. An environment of peer learning and exchange was created through the use of case studies, country-led presentations and facilitated discussions. This paper summarises the most important public interventions, as identified in the dialogue, and their respective funding implications. The event was part of CABRI’s value for money in public spending work.