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.Download the Brochure
Owned and operated by Randa Filfili, Zena Exotic Fruits, is the first Senegalese jam producer exporting “niche” and natural products, such as cashew apple butter and baobab jam to markets in the United States, Europe, and Japan.
Two apps from Kenya, one from Senegal, and one from Ghana are the winners of this summer’s mAgri Challenge—a competition designed to identify entrepreneurs developing innovative mobile apps for agriculture and agribusiness in Africa, and to provide them with resources to grow their businesses.
As we approach the first anniversary of our Kenya Climate Innovation Center (CIC) later this month, we are reflecting on this year’s successes with profiles of entrepreneurs it has supported. This week in the spotlight, Eco Fuels Kenya, which is using the croton nut to locally produce clean energy and organic fertilizers.
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.
This report examines the feasibility of an Agribusiness Innovation Center (AIC) in the agro-processing sector in Nepal and proposes a sustainable business model. The proposed AIC will foster and accelerate the growth of Nepal’s agro-processing sector, thereby helping to commercialize agricultural production, increase agricultural incomes, and reduce poverty. It builds upon infoDev’s earlier efforts to develop and expand business incubation in Nepal. Lessons gathered are from various agribusiness incubators (see the Global Good Practices Assessment on Agribusiness Incubation) and similar feasibility assessments carried out in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Senegal, and Tanzania.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Read More