Highlights

25 February 2014

infoDev Annual Report 2012-2013

infoDev’s latest Annual Report highlights all the projects and activities implemented to support the high-growth oriented entrepreneur and the innovative enterprise. These are the ones who can scale up, create jobs, and positively impact their communities. Thanks to generous donor contributions and effective collaboration with the World Bank Group, over the past two years, infoDev has seen a tremendous expansion in operations, into more than 100 countries.

5 February 2014

Farmerline CEO to speak at Mobile World Congress

SMS app was one of 18 at infoDev’s Mobile Startup Camp

Alloysius Attah, CEO of Ghana-based mobile app Farmerline, has been invited as a panelist at the Mobile World Congress—the premier global gathering of mobile carriers, entrepreneurs, and specialists—in Barcelona on February 24-27, 2014.

19 December 2013

Agro Serviços Lda named most innovative company in Mozambique

Agro Serviços Lda, one of the agro-processing enterprises supported by infoDev, received the prize for most innovative company of the year in Mozambique. The company’s innovative products and original marketing strategy beat the competition of over 200 enterprises.

Resources

Catalyzing Inclusive Growth through Acceleration of Pioneering Enterprises

infoDev’s Agribusiness Innovation Program (AIP)seeks to catalyze inclusive growth by accelerating the growth of pioneering agribusinesses. Its focus is to 1) develop and test new approaches to connecting innovative, growth oriented entrepreneurs to the knowledge, markets, networks and capital needed to advance their enterprises; 2) build local capacity and enable public-private partnerships to deliver these approaches, and 3) deliver solid methodologies to the development community for planning, supporting, monitoring and evaluating initiatives that advance the growth of innovative agribusiness enterprises through provision of financial and non-financial services.

It offers an effective "how to" course for professionals looking to use business incubation to enable the start-up and growth of innovative agribusiness enterprises in developing countries and interested in designing a new agribusiness incubator or strengthening an existing one.

Through a specialized training course, professionals can have the knowledge they need to foster the growth of innovative agribusiness enterprises in developing countries through business incubation. The course is part of infoDev's Business Incubation Management Training Program.

Scaling a competitive horticulture sector through value adding post-harvest processing

This document proposes a new model for promoting the growth of a competitive value adding horticulture sector in Senegal.The proposed Agribusiness Innovation Center (AIC) will provide a set of financial and nonfinancial services to high-growth potential entrepreneurs, aiming to accelerate the growth of their enterprises and demonstrating product, process, and business model innovation across the horticulture sector. AIC complements existing efforts focused on farm-level improvements and foreign investment facilitation.

Scaling value added post-harvest processing agribusinesses

This document proposes a new model for promoting the growth of competitive value-added sunflower oil processing in Tanzania, and also seeks to identify potential growth enterprises in other value chains.The proposed Agribusiness Innovation Center (AIC) will provide a set of financial and non-financial services to high growth potential entrepreneurs, aiming to accelerate the growth of their enterprises and demonstrating product, process, and business model innovation across focal sectors. The AIC will complement existing efforts focused on farm-level improvements and foreign investment facilitation.

Enabling a climate smart, competitive, and sustainable agribusiness sector

The Agribusiness Innovation Initiative (AII) seeks to contribute toward advancing a climate-smart competitive agribusiness sector in Ethiopian which Ethiopians benefit from an increased number of jobs and raised incomes. The AII will contribute toward this objective by identifying innovative growth-oriented entrepreneurs who are pursuing business opportunities based on value addition of agricultural commodities and providing them with a holistic service offering that accelerates their growth and increases their sustainability.

Included in this report is an op-ed by infoDev Program Coordinator, Ellen Olafsen, on how infoDev works to help developing countries turn their agricultural surpluses into high-quality processing jobs. Download  the report entitled "Agriculture: Smallholder Value Chains" and read the op-ed on page 19. 

Applying Business Incubation to Agribusiness SMEs

infoDev's global good practices assessment, which was released today, presents lessons learned from 10 case studies of agribusiness incubators in low and middle income countries.

infoDev is glad to announce the availability of a new training course for professionals looking to use business incubation to enable the start-up and growth of innovative agribusiness enterprises in developing countries.This course is a specialized component of infoDev’s Business Incubation Management Training Program.

A new World Bank report “Growing Africa: Unlocking the Potential of Agribusiness,” says that Africa’s farmers and agribusinesses could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they can expand their access to more capital, electricity, better technology and irrigated land to grow high-value nutritious foods. The report calls on governments to work side-by-side with agribusinesses, to link farmers with consumers in an increasingly urbanized Africa. 

Read the full story on this report in The World Bank website. 

 

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Many developing countries have a strong agricultural sector, but miss out on the chance to turn their excess produce into processing jobs. This is an exciting development opportunity, because each additional job in agro-processing adds another 2.8 jobs to the wider economy, often benefitting smallholders, rural communities, and the unskilled. The Agribusiness Innovation Program (AIP) aims to reach development goals such as job creation and inclusive growth in agriculture, by focusing on supporting growth oriented entrepreneurs engaged in downstream business activities (such as processing) to develop competitive enterprises to effectively link into productive value chains.

Our Agribusiness Innovation Program initially funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland under the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Program, aims to generate competitive, inclusive agribusiness sector jobs in developing countries by helping local entrepreneurs with high growth potential. Providing access to a holistic service offering including financial, market linkage, technology, and business development services, we can channel our business support know-how to transformative innovators through locally owned and operated Agribusiness Innovation Centers, or AICs.

For a deeper look at our Agribusiness Innovation Program, check out its chapter in our Work Program.

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