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Africa Agribusiness Academy     Investing in knowledge for         entrepreneurshipPiet Heemskerk: pam-heemskerk@hetnet.nl
Summary- Entrepreneurship is key to development of food   security- Learning from own experience – digital platforms and  ...
Background on food security- 2010: One billion people chronically hungry (265 million   in Africa)- MDG 1: halving hunger ...
Starting points- Focus on entrepreneurship in Africa- SME’s as ‘pull’ factor and leverage for linking small   farmers to m...
Africa Agribusiness Academy                  - Creating opportunities                  - Community of practice            ...
African SME champions- Need for networking, training and knowledge sharing   became apparent- Partnership Dutch Agribusine...
Organic growth                                     • Tanzania                                                   • KenyaFoc...
Next steps- Kick-off workshop (May 2010): entrepreneurial spirit   among founding members- Business plan 2010-11: agreed u...
Africa Agribusiness Academy“Home grown entrepreneurship”“Investing in knowledge for entrepreneurship”For more information,...
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  1. 1. Africa Agribusiness Academy Investing in knowledge for entrepreneurshipPiet Heemskerk: pam-heemskerk@hetnet.nl
  2. 2. Summary- Entrepreneurship is key to development of food security- Learning from own experience – digital platforms and sharing business cases- Validation and brokering of knowledge- Private sector in the lead
  3. 3. Background on food security- 2010: One billion people chronically hungry (265 million in Africa)- MDG 1: halving hunger in 2015- Global consensus on strategy: productivity increase and market access for small scale farmers- Limited entrepreneurial knowledge and skills by operators in agrifood sector- Our entry point: SMEs in agrifood sector to be drivers for rural and urban development
  4. 4. Starting points- Focus on entrepreneurship in Africa- SME’s as ‘pull’ factor and leverage for linking small farmers to markets- Enhanced SME activity leads to higher food security- Build on best practices / business cases- Business community takes the lead- Partnering & Networking, Resource center, Education & Training
  5. 5. Africa Agribusiness Academy - Creating opportunities - Community of practice - Business clubs Resource Centre supporting the network A vibrant action and learning network of - Documenting practice entrepreneurs - Research, policy advice - Newsletter, Q&A services - Web based info sharing Education &- Coaching trajectories Training to- Tailor-made training enhance- Internships business skills- Business trips
  6. 6. African SME champions- Need for networking, training and knowledge sharing became apparent- Partnership Dutch Agribusiness-Sokoine University – Wageningen UR- 15 African SME champions agreed to become founding members- Group has spin–off to 30,000 small farmers, so high leverage
  7. 7. Organic growth • Tanzania • KenyaFocus groups • Uganda 5 champions + 15 upstarts 5 champions + 15 upstarts15champions 5 champions + 15 upstarts Oct 2010 Nov 2011May 2010 Mar 2011
  8. 8. Next steps- Kick-off workshop (May 2010): entrepreneurial spirit among founding members- Business plan 2010-11: agreed upon by founding members,- Launch (Nov 2010): prepare and start implementing action plans- Expanding from 15 to 400 members, tailor-made trainings, resource base- Going to Scale event: business planning 2012-2015
  9. 9. Africa Agribusiness Academy“Home grown entrepreneurship”“Investing in knowledge for entrepreneurship”For more information, please contact:Mr. Bram Huijsman, Wageningen University & Research Centre, The NetherlandsTel: (+31) 6 5138 1215Mail: bram.huijsman@wur.nl

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