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Entrepreneurship

Mihanta Malala Randriantsoa aims for excellence at her spice and essential oil company by providing ongoing capacity building for her staff and suppliers

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A passion for porcine production

Accounting for 38% of worldwide meat production, pork is attracting a new generation of African entrepreneurs – bucking the continent’s traditional aversion to the meat.

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Ismaël Tanko turning tomato into red gold

Ismaël Tanko, a 33-year-old entrepreneur, has created a fast-growing company whose tomato purees are already on sale in several West African countries. The next step is a more industrialised production line and an increased number of sales channels.

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Don’t leave technology to the men

Dr Eleni Gabre-Madhin, CEO and Founder of blueMoon – Ethiopia’s first youth agribusiness incubator – shares her experience as a woman entrepreneur in Africa’s agricultural sector and stresses the importance that agribusinesses ‘think digital’.

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Women entrepreneurs: key factors to success in agribusiness

Women around the world are overcoming barriers to establish profitable businesses in the agricultural sector. However, strong links to high-value markets, access to necessary finance and resources, and sufficient business training are essential requirements for women business leaders to break through the ‘glass ceiling’ and expand their agribusinesses to compete on an international scale.

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Halatou Dem: The promising business of processing

Thirty-two-year-old Halatou Dem has been managing the Bamako-based cereal processing company Danaya Céréales for 7 years. The Malian company – with a staff of 33 – exports its processed products to Europe, the US and throughout West Africa.

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Agriculture - a promising market for the diaspora

Over the last decade, remittance flows from diaspora communities to their countries of origin have been steadily increasing. With government support and agriculture-friendly legislation, agriculture could benefit from this substantial source of funding and expertise.

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Reducing wastage to provide niche fish products

Kati Farms, a fish processing enterprise in Kampala, Uganda, produces a range of value-added niche products, including its well-known fish sausage, using farmed tilapia and catfish sourced from over 1,000 fish farmers. Since 2015, Kati Farms has also been exporting its innovative products across the continent.

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A sea change for local fisheries in Benin

Benin-based Awa Fish is one of the leading frozen seafood firms, a position it has established by working closely with its suppliers – small-scale fishermen. But like many companies, it finds it hard to raise funds and faces recurring power cuts.

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Youth opportunities in rural areas

Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a youth population bulge. To absorb the employment requirements and transform rural areas and the agriculture sector, there is a need to provide young people with agribusiness and digital opportunities.

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Supporting entrepreneurship in Africa

With a vision to economically empower Africa’s youth, the Tony Elumelu Enterprise Programme (TEEP) was set up in 2012. Beneficiaries are developing innovative agri-products and services and building more solid business structures with the knowledge acquired through the programme.

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Chefs drive demand for local food

Chefs are working to promote healthy food and widen the market for local produce in an attempt to reduce rising cases of non-communicable disease in the Pacific. Chef Colin Chung is targeting young people with his new cookbook, seeking to encourage students to switch from fast food to nutritious meals, using locally available ingredients.

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Smart fishing

Sustainable crab fishing in coastal regions of western Madagascar is helping to tackle illegal catches, improve food security and lower post-catch losses. Through cheap and innovative methods across the value chain, a SmartFish programme is working to keep the giant mud crab income stream alive and well.

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Building farmers’ resilience to climate change

Cooperation between governments, the private sector and civil society can be highly effective in creating shared value throughout the supply chain. Partnerships between commercial companies and African farmers, to promote sustainable agricultural practices, will be key to adapting to climatic shocks.

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Supporting agricultural SMEs in Africa

Bamboo Finance and Louis Dreyfus Commodities are launching a €46 million investment fund, NISABA, to support agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. The fund will support small and medium enterprises along the value chain by improving access to data and training, and by linking producers to end consumers.

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Arla Dairy: Setting up in West Africa

The fifth largest dairy in the world is setting up in Nigeria and Senegal. Arla Foods, a Danish company, intends to increase its revenue in the region fivefold by 2020. What impact will this have on local producers and consumers?

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Pacific Islands: Agritourism for sustainable growth

Tourism is hugely valuable to Pacific island economies. Total revenues from the sector are expected to nearly double to €3.58 billion by 2019. For many farming communities in the Pacific however, there is very little direct benefit for local producers.

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