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Agriculture & Agribusiness

 

Agriculture is the backbone of most African economies. As the continent’s largest economic sector, agriculture accounts for 15 percent of GDP. While much attention has been given to developing agriculture across Africa, the continent still faces significant challenges in improving agricultural value chain efficiency, growing livelihoods and enhancing nutrition. Preventing crop losses before reaching end consumers is a major issue impacting African smallholder farmers and agribusinesses. Since 2014, IGD has partnered with the Rockefeller Foundation on its Yieldwise initiative to reduce Post Harvest Loss (PHL) by integrating Africa’s private sector into RF’s priority value chains to create sustainable market-led, well-functioning value chains that reduce food loss and improve smallholder livelihoods.  IGD’s participation targeted four value chains in three countries: tomato and cassava in Nigeria, mangoes in Kenya, and maize in Tanzania.

 

Key Activities to Improve Agriculture and Enhance Nutrition

Market-led, Value Chain-specific Platforms: IGD works across different value chains in distinct markets preparing multiple landscape mappings of different private sector value chains actors, facilitating convenings to build business relationships, and address common challenges to improve value chain efficiency. By connecting smallholder farmers to growing markets, often created by small- and medium enterprises (SMEs), IGD seeks to improve livelihoods of those operating along the value chain.

SME Finance: Small- and Medium- Enterprises (SMEs) are the engines of growth in most African economies. Yet, most African SMEs experience tremendous difficulties in obtaining access to financing.  IGD Advisory’s activities to improve SME access to finance fall under four overarching categories: Map, Connect, Grow, and Advocate.

Impact Measurement: To assist the African private sector in creating more inclusive and sustainable outcomes, IGD has engaged in providing impact assessments for companies and partner organizations.