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Reducing barriers to participation for less established enterprises / value chains: White Gold by Ellie Rakoff

By |24th January 2022|

A series of case studies have been commissioned to extend key lessons and recommendations from review and analysis of AgriFI Challenge Fund grantees. They build upon a previous research phase which explored high priority impact areas including nutrition, climate smart agriculture and support for SME’s in arid regions with a view to supporting effective design, targeting and implementation.

Although AgriFI is […]

Review of Existing Schemes to Facilitate the Cross-Border Movement of Traders in the COMESA Region by Jay Grunder

By |17th January 2022|

In many of the border communities across Africa, small scale cross border trade provides business and employment opportunities and contributes to food security, allowing millions of people to have access to lower-cost goods and services unavailable domestically. However, policy makers and governments have put much more emphasis on reducing barriers to trade without proportionally lowering […]

Opportunities and challenges of inclusive sourcing in horticulture: Vert Limited by Ellie Rakoff

By |10th January 2022|

In this week’s case study,  we explore the business case for smallholder sourcing models and discuss some of the issues and challenges agri-SMEs are likely to encounter when introducing inclusive sourcing strategies.

With support from AgriFI, horticultural exporter Vert Limited, has successfully developed a financially viable and inclusive sourcing model which ensures sustainable supply whilst offering […]

Feasibility study for setting up a commercially viable Wool Testing Laboratory in Lesotho (May – Dec 2021)

By |16th December 2021|

 

Imani Development is part of a consortium of partners delivering the Africa Reform for Investment and Sustainable Economies (RISE) programme. The 12.7 million Euro technical assistance facility is aimed at assisting private and public sector organisations at national and regional level to, support job creation, strengthen financial access for MSMEs, and upgrade value chains to […]

Retooling for Sustainability: Instaveg Limited by Dr Isla Farley

By |13th December 2021|

In July 2020 AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund (AgriFI) issued a call inviting small and medium sized agri-enterprises to apply for match funding to support effective responses to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  AgriFI’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery call sought to address both the challenges and opportunities which arose due to the changing business environment […]

Optimising impact through innovation in processing: Coconut Holdings by Jonathan Thorneycroft

By |8th December 2021|

A series of case studies has been commissioned to extend key lessons and recommendations from review and analysis of AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund grantees. This week’s case study showcases the journey of Coconut Holdings Limited, one of the eight agri-enterprises that was selected during the first window of applications for the Challenge Fund.

The company was established […]

Bolstering climate smart agriculture through biofertilizer development and marketing: Real IPM by Ellie Rakoff

By |29th November 2021|

Three years into the AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund, a series of case studies have been commissioned to extend key lessons and recommendations from review and analysis of AgriFI grantees. They build upon a previous research phase which explored high priority impact areas including climate smart agriculture, gender, youth and nutrition with a view to supporting effective design, targeting and implementation […]

Latest News: AfCFTA Secretariat and UNDP release second volume of the AfCFTA Futures Report

By |24th November 2021|

Imani Development is proud to announce the official launch of the 2021 AfCFTA Futures Report titled: “Which Value Chains for a Made in Africa Revolution?”. The launch was hosted by AfCFTA Secretariat Secretary General, Mr. Wamkele Mene at the just ended Intra-African Trade Fair in Durban.

Imani Development was responsible for drafting the report’s anchor chapter on […]

Improving last mile service delivery in Kenya’s ASALs: Paves Vetagro by Jonathan Thorneycroft

By |19th November 2021|

The AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund is a € 18,000,000 initiative by the European Union to support productive and market-integrated smallholder agriculture through the provision of financial support to agri-enterprises. The aim is to contribute to improvements in the capacity of smallholder farmers/pastoralists to practise environmentally sustainable and climate-smart agriculture as a business in inclusive value […]

Integrating 1,000+ fish farmers into the aquaculture value chain: Lake View Fisheries by Jonathan Thorneycroft

By |12th November 2021|

AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund is a European Union funded initiative which aims to support market integrated smallholder agriculture in Kenya. Launched in 2018, the agribusiness support programme aims to improve the capacity of 100,000 smallholder farmers and pastoralists to practice environmentally sustainable and climate-smart agriculture as a business in inclusive value chains. As the technical […]