Facilitating agribusinesses

Small entrepreneurs struggle with lack of access to resources, technologies, expertise and market information. Leveraging and aggregating programs and services to promote agribusinesses and enhancing partnerships through entrepreneurship development, innovation and value addition can open up opportunities for farmers to take their products and technologies to a global market.

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Interventions

  • Food Processing Business Incubators set up in Ghana, Mali, Uganda, Cameroon and Angola.
  • Food Testing Laboratories set up in Nigeria,Gambia, Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Rwanda.
  • Mentoring and handholding of 6 value chain business incubators in 5 African countries.
  • In India, 22 agribusiness incubators supported through the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
  • US$ 13.2 million mobilized for startups in India and US$ 1.3 million mobilized for incubates in Africa.
  • Supporting University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur, Karnataka in setting up an agribusiness incubator.
  • Promoted 16 FPOs in 3 Indian states with the support of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
  • Mentored 40 FPO-promoting institutions in Telangana state to support the setting up of 75 FPOs.

For more information: http://www.aipicrisat.org/

Impacts

  • Over 800,000 farmers benefited by products and services offered by clients.
  • Over 900 and 4665 jobs created through startup clients in India and Africa respectively.
  • Over 75 agribusiness startups in India and 294 startups in Africa helped by incubators.
  • Post-harvest primary processing units benefit over 5,000 tribal farmers in Telangana, India.
  • Food product and technology impacts:
    •     3 technologies developed and commercialized.
    •     3 product categories.
    •     Average annual turnover: US$ 15,000.
    •     10,000 tribal children in Adilabad district provided with nutritious millet cookies.
    •     5000 customers, 100 outlets, 6 cities.

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For more information read: Game for innovation

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