Approximately 75% of Africans make their living directly from agriculture. Helping farmers increase production and sales is the most effective way to reduce hunger and poverty. Achieving this requires a comprehensive approach that includes the use of seeds that are more resistant to disease, drought and flooding; information from trusted local sources about more productive farming techniques and technologies; greater access to markets; and improved integration of smallholder farmers into agricultural value chains.
EthioChicken / Uzima chicken
EthioChicken and Uzima Chicken bring healthy and affordable eggs and meat to families across Ethiopia and Rwanda, and in doing so improve nutrition, enhance rural farmer livelihoods, and create income opportunities for our customers and partners. They are focused exclusively on reaching smallholder farmers, and have created an innovative, economically viable, and replicable distribution model to reach rural households.
Twiga Foods is revolutionizing urban Africa’s informal wholesale markets. Their mobile-based, cashless, business-to-business (B2B) supply platform moves fresh fruits and vegetables directly from farmers to informal street vendors, providing a guarenteed market for farmers and less expensive goods for vendors.
Honey care africa
Honey Care Africa has a rich history as a pioneer of the honey industry in Africa, utilising a sustainable supply chain that benefits rural communities from every product purchased. They sell high quality and affordable pure, natural, authentic honey-based snacks that consumers love, while contributing to economic development by increasing rural farming families’ incomes.
For rural pastoralists, livestock are a critical source of food, income and savings. Sidai supplies quality veterinary and farming inputs and training in Kenya through a network of branded stores and franchise retail outlets involving livestock and farming professionals. Sidai aims to establish a quality, trusted brand that provides improved last-mile distribution of products and services geared toward improving livestock health.
Comaco, under the brand 'It's Wild', sells high-quality and sustainable farmed products, including honey, peanut butter and rice. CAMACO works with its suppliers - smallholder farmers - to identify local solutions to diversify their crops, improve productivity and end poaching - and pays them 20% more than standard market rates for their produce.
Esoko is a simple but powerful communication tool for businesses, government, NGOs and others to connect with farmers. Use any mix of our web and mobile apps, original agricultural content, and on-the-ground deployment services for your marketing, monitoring and advisory needs.
African wildlife capital
African Wildlife Capital (AWC) was developed to support innovative conservation enterprises. AWC provides debt financing tied to clear conservation covenants to enhance the commercial viability of supported investments, drive conservation outcomes, and enhance local livelihoods in regions of high biodiversity value.
Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training and strengthening market connections for agricultural small and growing businesses.