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  • 1. Opportunities for strengthening UniBRAIN through GABINIABI 2112 Roundtable on Strengthening GABI, 2012 1130-1300 hrs February 7, 2012, New Delhi, India Ralph von Kaufmann UniBRAIN Facility Coordinator Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa AgBIT - Zambia CAF - Mali CURAD - Uganda CCLEARr - Ghana IDPA - Uganda SVCDC - Kenya
  • 2. Opportunities for strengthening UniBRAIN through GABI CONTENT Rationale: UniBRAIN is an emerging network UniBRAIN Strengths: could GABI benefit from them UniBRAIN Weaknesses: could GABI strengthen them UniBRAIN Opportunities: could GABI help UniBRAIN realise them UniBRAIN Threats: could GABI help shield UniBRAIN Take home messages
  • 3. Opportunities for strengthening UniBRAIN through GABI Rationale: UniBRAIN is an emerging network
  • 4. Opportunities for strengthening UniBRAIN through GABIRationale: UniBRAIN is an emerging network UniBRAIN CAF UniBRAIN CCLEAr UniBRAIN AgBIT
  • 5. Opportunities for strengthening UniBRAIN through GABIAN 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
  • 6. Opportunities for strengthening UniBRAIN through GABI UniBRAIN strengths: could GABI benefit from them
  • 7. Opportunities for strengthening UniBRAIN through GABI UniBRAIN Weaknesses: could GABI strengthen them
  • 8. Opportunities for strengthening UniBRAIN through GABIUniBRAIN Opportunities: could GABI help UniBRAIN realise them
  • 9. Opportunities for strengthening UniBRAIN through GABI UniBRAIN Threats: could GABI help shield UniBRAIN
  • 10. Opportunities for strengthening UniBRAIN through GABI Take home messages Rationale: UniBRAIN is an emerging network UniBRAIN Strengths: could GABI benefit from them UniBRAIN Weaknesses: could GABI strengthen them UniBRAIN Opportunities: could GABI help UniBRAIN realise them UniBRAIN Threats: could GABI help shield UniBRAIN Take home messages
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. 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
  • 13. 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
  • 14. 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)•
  • 15. 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
  • 16. UniBRAIN a new gateway into African agribusiness For more information visit: www.fara-africa.org/our projects/unibrain THANK YOU