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Agri11 - UniBrain

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Agri11 - UniBrain

  1. 1. Opportunities for agribusiness in African agriculture <ul><li>through the </li></ul><ul><li>Universities, Business and Research in Agricultural Innovation (UniBRAIN) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a pan-African initiative supported by Denmark </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Wide scale investment in agribusiness and agro-industry in Africa is presently constrained by: Human and institutional capacity deficits </li></ul><ul><li>African universities are not sufficiently geared to meet the needs of industry </li></ul><ul><li>Graduates often cannot find employment while many small businesses lack staff with the education and skills needed to drive innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Essentially the relationship between the demands of the private sector and what universities teach is too weak </li></ul><ul><li>Nowhere are the these deficiencies more critical than in agriculture, Africa’s dominant industry </li></ul><ul><li>However, studies show that when university graduates do business they create more jobs than those without university education </li></ul>Opportunities for agribusiness in African agriculture Background to UniBRAIN
  3. 3. <ul><ul><li>UniBRAIN will break the barriers and foster collaboration between universities, business and research to create cultures and environments that will: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>value, encourage and enable innovation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>produce graduates who are problem solvers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>who are potential entrepreneurs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>especially women and youths </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UniBRAIN will establish a agribusiness incubators as organizations for accelerating the creation of successful enterprises by providing them with a comprehensive and integrated range of support, including incubator space, business support services and clustering and networking opportunities </li></ul></ul>Opportunities for agribusiness in African agriculture Purpose of UniBRAIN
  4. 4. <ul><li>UniBRAIN is a pan-African initiative supported by Denmark </li></ul><ul><li>UniBRAIN’s development objective is: </li></ul><ul><li>to contribute to enabling African countries to create jobs and raise incomes through sustainable agribusiness development </li></ul><ul><li>UniBRAIN’s Immediate Objective is: </li></ul><ul><li>to enable universities, business and agricultural research institutions to commercialise agricultural technologies and produce graduates with entrepreneurial and business skills through agribusiness incubator partnerships </li></ul>Opportunities for agribusiness in African agriculture UniBRAIN’s objectives
  5. 5. <ul><li>UniBRAIN’s objective will be realised by: </li></ul><ul><li>Output #1: Commercialisation of agribusiness innovations supported and promoted </li></ul><ul><li>Output #2: Agribusiness graduates with the potential to become efficient entrepreneurs produced by tertiary educational institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Output #3: UniBRAIN’s innovative outputs, experiences and practices shared and up-scaled </li></ul>Opportunities for agribusiness in African agriculture UniBRAIN’s outputs
  6. 6. UniBRAIN Partners <ul><li>The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) with the Sub Regional Organisations (SROs): </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Conseil Ouest et Centre Africain pour la Recherche et le Développement Agricoles/the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Centre for Coordinating Agricultural Research and Development in Southern Africa (CCARDESA) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The African Network for Agriculture, Agro forestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Pan African Agribusiness and Agro Industry Consortium (PanAAC) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Agribusiness Incubator Initiative of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ABI-ICRISAT) </li></ul>Opportunities for agribusiness in African agriculture
  7. 7. UniBRAIN Agribusiness Innovation Incubator Consortia <ul><li>The Consortium for enhancing University Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development (UniBRAIN-CURAD) focusing on plantation cash crops; Specific value chain: Coffee </li></ul><ul><li>The Incubation and Diversification of Banana Products for Agribusiness (UniBRAIN-IDBPA) focusing on Smallholder staple food and cash crops; Specific value chain: Banana </li></ul><ul><li>The Sorghum Value Chain Development Consortium (UniBRAIN-SVCDC) focusing on smallholder dry land food grains; Specific value chain: Sorghum </li></ul>Opportunities for agribusiness in African agriculture
  8. 8. UniBRAIN Agribusiness Innovation Incubator Consortia <ul><li>The Creating Competitive Livestock-bias Entrepreneurs in Agribusiness (UniBRAIN-CCLEAr) focusing on Smallholder livestock; Specific value chain: Livestock </li></ul><ul><li>The Innovative Centre for Agro-forestry (UniBRAIN-CAF) focusing on agro-forestry products; Specific value chains: non-timber forestry products, cereals and fruits </li></ul><ul><li>The Agri-Business Incubation Trust (UniBRAIN-AgBIT) focusing on tropical fruit; Specific value chain: Mango </li></ul>Opportunities for agribusiness in African agriculture
  9. 9. UniBRAIN CAF UniBRAIN CCLEAR UniBRAIN AgBIT UniBRAIN SVCDC UniBRAIN IDBPA UniBRAIN CURAD UniBRAIN Agribusiness incubators Opportunities for agribusiness in African agriculture
  10. 10. Why and how will African universities link with agribusiness <ul><li>UniBRAIN will support universities, businesses and research institutions to establish agribusiness incubators, which will provide: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>facilitation for creating competitive agribusinesses through technology development and commercialisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>handholding services starting from business conceptualization to implementation and scaling up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>support for realising business concepts from university faculty and graduates, researchers and agribusinesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>consultancy services to agribusiness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>help in accessing financing for SMEs and start-ups approaching impact investors and social capitalists </li></ul></ul>Opportunities for agribusiness in African agriculture Functions of the Agribusiness Innovation Incubators
  11. 11. Example Incubator Client Categories and Services Start Up Growth Expansion Mature Networking (domestic and International) Technologically capable, Productivity driven and Globally competitive Assistance in Brand Development Assistance and linkages to funding and market Handholding through business coaching, mentoring, consultancy and training on mindsetting, Business plan, Accounting, marketing, communication skills etc Biotech; Agribusiness; Production assistance Incubation services and shared facilities Selection/ Assessment Pre-incubation/ Preseed <ul><li>Technology commercialization </li></ul><ul><li>Product and process improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Transfer Office </li></ul><ul><li>IP Management </li></ul>Opportunities for agribusiness in African agriculture Diagramme by ANAFE
  12. 12. Functions of the Agribusiness Innovation Incubators <ul><ul><li>The mission of the incubator is to facilitate the creation of competitive agribusiness enterprises through technology development and commercialization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The incubator, helps new entrepreneurs and enterprise clients with handholding services starting from business conceptualization to implementation and scaling up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is up to the clients to choose the kind of services they want from the incubator </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The agribusiness incubators will provide institutional frameworks for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the realisation of business concepts from university faculty and graduates, agricultural research and agribusinesses of all sizes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>consultancy services to agribusiness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>help in accessing financing for SMEs and start-ups by approaching banks, impact investors and social capitalists </li></ul></ul>Opportunities for agribusiness in African agriculture
  13. 13. Summary <ul><ul><li>The UniBRAIN Agribusiness Incubators will become operational in 2012 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are being established to create opportunities for agribusiness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They want to raise awareness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>that they exist </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>of the value chains they will be working in </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>about what they are going to offer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The are looking forward to meeting the African agribusiness community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to get advice and information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>share ideas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to meet potential business partners </li></ul></ul></ul>Opportunities for agribusiness in African agriculture
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