AAA’s Services

Access to Finance capacity building for financial institutions and stakeholders

Access to Finance capacity building for financial institutions and stakeholders
Financial institutions in Africa are, in general, unfamiliar with agricultural lending and specifically unfamiliar the seasonality of the agricultural commodities and the cycle for processing.   They need to be trained in analyzing agribusiness requests for credit and in the administration of approved facilities (credit administration and disbursement timing). The need to understand that the procurement of raw materials is an annual event and that purchases must be in quantities sufficient to meet the capacity of the processing unit for its annual uninterrupted efficient production is crucial. Moreover, the various stakeholders in the value chain will also be capacitated on the various financing options in the financial sector and the terms and conditions of accessing such financing from the institutions. This will be accomplished through the program of linking financial institutions to the agribusiness value chain that will bring together the stakeholders and the financial institutions in a B2B forum.

Business development and market information services

Business development and market information services
AAA will provide technical assistance and business development services to all stakeholders in the agribusiness value chain in the areas of technical innovation, input procurement, supply chain, market information system and access, quality and food safety standards, export development and trade, price information and global market developments by leveraging on existing channels and strategic partnerships with similar industry networks and institutions. A network of regional experts will be developed to facilitate the delivery of our technical and business development services.

Research and Policy Advocacy

Research and Policy Advocacy.
Our advocacy activities will be done through research and position papers to highlight the opportunities and challenges of agribusiness in Africa with a view to sensitizing governments and policy makers. The outcomes of the research will be presented at workshops and seminars and also made available to policy makers to enhance informed policy making. Moreover, research findings will be disseminated through an academic journal – African Journal of Agribusiness Development (AJAD) that will be widely distributed to the public and private sector stakeholders for better and well informed agribusiness policy making and management.

Capacity Building and Investor Support Services

Capacity Building and Investor Support Services
AAA’s capacity building and investor support services will assist agribusiness industry stakeholders to understand the investment environment in Africa thereby facilitating and making investing in the industry rewarding and viable. The services include investment opportunity profiling, investment advisory, partnership facilitation, capital raising and due diligence, feasibility study, technology selection, financial management advisory, staffing and introduction to investment promotion agencies, among others.

Annual Conference and publications

Annual Conference and publications
An annual Africa International Agribusiness Conference (AFIAC) will be organized to network and discuss policy issues on agribusiness value chain in the continent and globally. The Alliance will also publish newsletters and annual reports to communicate its activities and success stories to members and stakeholders. In addition to the annual conference that will gather all stakeholders in the industry, there will be a high level forum of all agribusiness organizations operating in Africa to discuss the opportunities and challenges as well as global developments in the industry. It will also be a peer group networking and B2B discussions to enhance the development of agribusiness industry in Africa. AAA will publish proceedings and recommendations during conferences and forums as well as commissioned research papers for the knowledge of all agribusiness stakeholders along the value chain.

Universities and Research Institutes Agribusiness Outreach

Universities and Research Institutes Agribusiness Outreach
AAA will develop partnership with African Universities and Research Institutes to create a network of institutions for the dissemination of research outputs and innovations in agribusiness and provide a linkage mechanism between the academic world and agribusiness industry. This will be developed through internship and fellowship programmes with top agribusiness departments in selected African Universities and Research Institutes.

Agriculture is the most healthful, useful and most noble employment of man.”

George Washington.

……an inspiring new vision of a future Africa in which farming as a struggle to survive gives way to farming as a business that thrives. This future can be our reality if all of us—farmers, businesses, governments, donors and civil society organizations—are willing to act now and seize the moment, because the time is ripe for African agriculture”

African Green Revolution Forum.

Agriculture and the business created by it are major sources of income and employment for a large share of the world’s people. Vital for food security and poverty reduction, the business of agriculture affects rural livelihoods everywhere. Growing food demands call for greater attention to strategies to develop the business of agriculture”.

Enabling the Business of Agriculture, World Bank 2016

Agribusinesses that can effectively link farmers to national, regional and international markets will contribute to poverty alleviation, export-led growth, food import substitution, enhanced food security and job creation……… A series of actions is needed to develop agribusinesses of various sizes that can underpin commercially viable value chains, with a focus on priority value chains that have the potential to transform economies. Agribusinesses should be enabled to meet global best practices in food safety, food production and processing technologies, process standards, marketing, finance and transport

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).

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