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Aiic new gateway into african agribusiness

  1. 1. UniBRAIN a new gateway into the African agribusiness sector NIABI 2112 Roundtable on South-South collaboration,1530-1700 hrs February 6, 2012, New Delhi, India Ralph von Kaufmann UniBRAIN Facility CoordinatorForum for Agricultural Research in AfricaAgBIT - Zambia CAF - Mali CURAD - Uganda CCLEARr - Ghana IDPA - Uganda SVCDC - Kenya
  2. 2. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusiness CONTENTUniBRAIN is a pan-African initiative of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) supported by the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danida)RationaleUniBRAIN PartnersUniBRAIN organisationAn emerging African agribusiness incubator networkA gateway for South-South collaborationTake home messages
  3. 3. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusiness RATIONALE Wide scale investment in agribusiness and agro-industry in Africa is presently constrained by: • Human and institutional capacity deficits i.e., Not enough entrepreneurs and problem solvers • Lack of leadership in identifying and exploiting socially responsible opportunities for investment in agriculture and the environmentUniBRAIN’s development objective is:• to contribute to enabling African countries to create jobs and raise incomes through sustainable agribusiness development.UniBRAIN’s Immediate Objective, which is also its value proposition, is:• to enable universities, business and agricultural research institutions to commercialise agricultural technologies and produce graduates with entrepreneurial and business skills through agribusiness incubator partnerships.
  4. 4. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusinessImpact pathways: UniBRAIN Knowledge-based Harnessing Strengthening socio-economic youthful vigor touniversity-private growth thro’ spur growth in sector linkages business agro-food sector incubation
  5. 5. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusiness The UniBRAIN partnersUniBRAIN is coordinated by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)The university aspects are facilitated by the African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE)The agribusiness aspects are facilitated by the Pan African Agribusiness and Agro-industry Consortium (PanAAC)The agribusiness incubator management aspects are facilitated by the Agribusiness Incubation Programme ICRISAT (ABI-ICRISAT)The agricultural research aspects are facilitated by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the Sub-Regional Organisations: ASARECA for Eastern Africa, CORAF/WECARD for West Africa, CCARDESA for Southern Africa
  6. 6. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusinessrThe UniBRAIN partners (cont.)• The Sub-Regional Organisations (SROs) • Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) • West and Central African council for agricultural research and development (CORAF/WECARD) • Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development in Southern Africa (CCARDESA)•
  7. 7. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusinessThe roles of the Partners: Overall coordination Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Facilitating university participation African Network for Agriculture, Agrofores Facilitating agricultural try and Natural research participation Resources EducationSub Regional Organisations Facilitating private Funding sector participation agency PanAfrican Royal Agribusiness and Danish Agroindustry Ministry of Consortium Affairs Agribusiness Incubator Programme of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics
  8. 8. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusiness ORGANISATION: The UniBRAIN Facility Legend FARA Secretariate UniBRAIN Facility Formal/contractual responsibilities UniBRAIN Steering Networking/ Committee technical relations Work programming 1. Executive Director UniBRAIN 2. Deputy Executive Executive Director Committee 3. Director Finance 4. Director Capacity Strengthening UniBRAIN UniBRAIN (NSF4 Budget Holder) Facility Partnership Coordinator*) Committee UniBRAIN UniBRAIN UniBRAIN *) Line responsibilities and conditions of service to be handled Programme Accountant*) Community within FARA’s human resource and Officer*) (Incubator Support) Manager*) administrative framework UniBRAIN Partners UniBRAIN Incubators ANAFE SROs Board Board Board Board Board Board PanAAC ABI- CURAD IDBPA SVCDC CCLEAr CAF AgBIT ICRISAT
  9. 9. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusinessAN EMERGING AFRICAN AGRIBUSINES INCUBATOR NETWORK UniBRAIN CAF UniBRAIN CCLEAr UniBRAIN AgBIT
  10. 10. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusinessAN EMERGING AFRICAN AGRIBUSINES INCUBATOR NETWORKUniBRAIN agribusiness incubators The Consortium for enhancing University Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development (UniBRAIN-CURAD) focusing on plantation cash crops Specific value chain: Coffee The Incubation and Diversification of Banana Products for Agribusiness (UniBRAIN-ABP or Afri Banana) focusing on staple food and cash crops Specific value chain: Banana The Sorghum Value Chain Development Consortium (UniBRAIN-SVCDC) focusing on smallholder dry land food grains Specific value chain: Sorghum The Creating Competitive Livestock-bias Entrepreneurs in Agribusiness (UniBRAIN-CCLEAr) focusing on Smallholder livestock Specific value chain: Livestock The Innovative Centre for Agro-forestry (UniBRAIN-CAF) focusing on agro- forestry products Specific value chains: non-timber forestry products, cereals and fruits The Agri-Business Incubation Trust (UniBRAIN-AgBIT) focusing on tropical fruit Specific value chain: Mango
  11. 11. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusiness A gateway for South-South agribusiness collaboration• To share ABI-ICRISAT and NIABI experience and expertise in establishing agribusiness incubators with UniBRAIN stakeholders• Facilitate technology commercialization between India and later other Southern countries and Africa• Identify value chains that are important to both India and Africa, for example in rice, maize, sorghum, millet, animal husbandry, fruits, coffee, cashew, agroforestry, that offer significant opportunities for commercialising value adding technologies
  12. 12. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusiness A gateway for South-South agribusiness collaboration• Building on NIABI’s experience to develop technology incubator manuals that will be adapted and contextualized with African counterparts through product and process transfer and training• Proven commercially important technologies will be made available for transfer to African agribusinesses from ICAR, with technical support for their adaptation and adoption
  13. 13. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusiness A gateway for South-South agribusiness collaboration• Strengthen the capacities of agribusiness incubator managers and operators • Training will be offered to staff of the incubators through exposure visits to agribusiness incubators in India that will be selected for relevance to the trainees’ agribusiness interests. • Indian expert business incubator managers will be available to conduct training programmes on incubator operations at the UniBRAIN agribusiness incubator
  14. 14. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusiness A gateway for South-South agribusiness collaboration• Facilitate soft landings for Indian firms wishing to enter Africa for agribusiness• In conjunction with GABI a national conference will be convened in India organized by NIABI to which African entrepreneurs will be invited to provide them an opportunity to meet potential business partners• Setting up a fully-fledged seamless video conferencing facility managed by NIABI, ABI-ICRISAT and UniBRAIN that will facilitate soft landings for Indian businesses seeking partners and business opportunities in Africa
  15. 15. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusiness A gateway for South-South agribusiness collaboration• Setting systems in place with UniBRAIN for promoting effective single window solutions for Indian and other Southern entrepreneurs in Africa• Facilitate linkages for African agribusinesses seeking partnerships and export opportunities with Indian and Southern agribusinesses• Using the systems established under point 3 above to provide similar services for African businesses seeking to opportunities in Indian agribusiness and agricultural markets• Establish a strategic alliance for initiating Global Agri Business Incubator network (GABI)
  16. 16. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusiness TAKE HOME MESSAGESThe purpose of the gateway is to:• Facilitate two-way technology transfer and commercialization between India and Africa• Strengthen the capacities of African agribusiness managers and operatives• Facilitate soft landings for Indian firms wishing to enter Africa for agribusiness• Facilitate linkages for African agribusinesses seeking partnerships and export opportunities with Indian agribusinesses• Establish a strategic alliance for initiating the Global Agri Business Incubator network (GABI)
  17. 17. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusiness For more information visit: www.fara-africa.org/our projects/unibrain THANK YOU

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