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Latest News: In memory of Mwansa James Musonda

By |28th March 2023|

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Mwansa James Musonda one of our Trade Policy, Trade Facilitation and Regional Integration expert in the SADC and COMESA region.

Our work with James goes back to 1998, when he was a member of the team that launched the COMESA Free Trade Area. […]

Key Takeaways from ENTERPRISE Zambia’s Gender Learning Audit by Dr Isla Farley

By |8th March 2023|

Background and Introduction
Many of Zambia’s women farmers continue to face challenges which constrain their productive capacity, limiting their incomes and the extent to which they can contribute to productive and efficient agricultural value chains. Key challenges include –
Inequality of access to                              […]

Enhancing export market access for aquaculture products from the SACU+M region: TFSA HAB Training programme

By |3rd October 2022|

Under the Trade Forward Southern Africa Programme’s Value Chain Support Component, Imani Development has been formulating and delivering a range of strategies to support the aquaculture industry in the SACU+M region in maintaining and enhancing export market access for their products. During the early stages of implementation, an industry mapping exercise and complementary capacity needs […]

Due Diligence in Development, ESG and Impact Investing Spaces: Our Approach and Lessons Learnt by Chad Capon

By |30th September 2022|

There is a growing recognition in the donor, investment, and corporate community that the way corporates manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors—such as carbon emissions, standards on labour, and internal procedures to fight corruption—impacts financial returns and permeates the boundaries of single companies to affect the entire ecosystem they operate within.
There is a compelling […]

Addressing Export Barriers for South African Shellfish: A roadmap towards EU compliance

By |9th September 2022|

Trade Forward Southern Africa (TFSA) is a UK government funded programme that operates across countries in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and Mozambique. The programme targets its support on the private and public sector to facilitate new and ongoing trade relations between the SACU+M region and the UK through five programme components, including supporting […]

Latest News: Imani Development recognized as a 2022 Best For The World™ for exceptional impact on its customers

By |13th July 2022|

Imani Development, has been named a 2022 Best for the World™ B Corp™ in recognition of its exceptional positive impact on its Customers.

Best for the World is a distinction granted by B Lab to Certified B Corporations (B Corps) whose verified B Impact Scores in the five impact areas evaluated in the B Impact Assessment […]

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 […]

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 […]