Agri-business incubators play an important role in developing technology and value chains that let small agricultural businesses thrive in developing countries and emerging markets. However, scant evidence has been collected on the effectiveness of such interventions at generating additional investments in the sector. This paper remedies this.
- identify examples of incubators of small and medium enterprises (SME) that have successfully catalysed investment into the agricultural sector over the last 10 years;
- identify and analyse types of agribusiness incubators; and
- provide evidence on the results and impact of the different incubation models and, where applicable and information is available, on gendered impacts.
- Donors should keep financing high-risk incubation work
- Stronger links with early-stage investors are essential
- Funders should insist on better data capturing
- A stronger focus is needed on value for money
- Reducing gender disparity via incubators is possible
- The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Alice Chapple Alice is an economist and a specialist in impact investment and impact assessment. She is CASA’s investment Adviser – Introduction to CASA and CASA’s Investor Summit at AGRF’s Deal Room
- Alberto Didoni, Alberto is the founder and Managing Directorof Varcando Ltd, a consulting firm that provides advisory services to companies and investors on cross-border transactions and investment projects in emerging and frontier economies. – Presentation of research, main findings and recommendations
- Srinivas Ramanujam, Srinivas is the Chief Executive Officer of Villgro, which is one of India’s pioneering incubators of social enterprises
- Jonathan Philroy, Jonathan Philroy is a Manager with the Agribusiness & Innovation Platform (AIP) at ICRISAT, Hyderabad.
- Louise De Klerk, Louise is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Timbali Technology Incubator. Timbali Technology Incubator in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa seeks to help rural farmers whose livelihood has been undercut by high-volume large farms.
- Ralph von Kaufmann. Ralph is the co-founder of Hakika Ltd and an associate consultant for African Agribusiness Incubators’ Network (AAIN). Previously, he was responsible for the coordination of the facility for the Universities, Business and Research in Agricultural Innovation (UniBRAIN) initiative which is supporting the establishment of agribusiness incubators in Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia.
This study analyses the factors behind successful deployment of mobile technologies to improve agribusiness productivity and investment readiness. It aims to analyse agricultural value-added services (agri-VAS) that have SME agribusinesses as their main clients, as they are more likely to positively impact the investment readiness of SME agribusinesses than agri-VAS with smallholder farmers as their only clients, which are also the most evaluated type of agri-VAS.
- Alice Chapple. Alice is an economist and a specialist in impact investment and impact assessment. She is CASA’s investment Adviser – Introduction to CASA and CASA’s Investor Summit at AGRF’s Deal Room
- Keynote by Richard Teuten, OBE – Head of the Growth and Resilience Department at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
- Alvaro Valverde, CASA – He is currently working for CABI as Private Sector Engagement Manager and as Relationship Manager for DFID’s funded Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) Programme: Presentation of research, main findings and recommendations
- David Davies, AgUnity. AgUnity is a philanthropic venture applying block chain and smartphone technology to improve the lives of small farmer cooperatives in developing countries
- Jan Willem van Casteren, Non Executive Director or eProd Solutions Ltd, which offers an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) tool for supplier management for SMEs active (e.g. traders and food processors) and member-based organizations (e.g. cooperatives)
- Prof. Muhammadou Kah, Malabo Montpelier Panel. Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost & Professor of Information Technology & Computing at American University of Nigeria.