AgDevCo is a specialised investor and project developer focused exclusively on early stage Small and Medium Enterprise agribusiness in Sub Saharan Africa. AgDevCo deploys patient capital and technical assistance to build profitable businesses that contribute to food security, drive economic growth and create jobs and income in rural areas and contribute to farmers’ resilience to climate change. It currently operates in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Rwanda, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.
To increase the resilience to climate change of poor farmers in Northern Uganda, and to increase their incomes. This will be achieved by working with agricultural businesses to supply farmers with cheaper, better and more varied agricultural inputs and services, and to create stronger markets for farmer produce. This will benefit 250,000 households in Northern Uganda, who will adopt new practices, products and markets that will make them more resilient to climate change, while 150,000 households will see measurable increases to income. This will contribute to the MDGs (and their successor targets) by reducing poverty in Uganda.
To improve the diet intake and nutritional practices in target beneficiaries (Infant and Young Child Feeding practices, hygiene, breastfeeding, water and sanitation) in the Beira corridor in Mozambique and promote the local production of Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods. This will target 623,000 beneficiaries and contribute to delivering MDG 1.C on reducing hunger. Key stakeholders (GoM, private sector and donors) influenced through credible, evidenced based models for effective nutrition interventions.
The programme aims to build capacity to support key public sector institutions that shape the regulatory environment for business, help the oil seed sector reach its full potential through the establishment of sustainable market structures supported by government, and provide financial and technical support to business adopting pro-poor business models.
IMSAR will commercialise agriculture through improving the way agricultural market systems function. It will identify market failures and provide the necessary agricultural expertise and finance required to help address them. This will benefit the poor as producers, employees and consumers,and small and medium size business, resulting in increased sales among farmers and enterprises, increase in the percentage of Rwandan agricultural produce that has value-added and an increase in export diversification. Given the strong link between income, income diversity, and the ability to adapt to the effects of climate change, IMSAR will help building poor households resilience to current and future climate threats through improving access to input and output markets, increasing opportunities to diversify their production, and increasing non-farm income sources as an alternative to agriculture. This will help decreasing their sensitivity to climate change and improving their adaptive capacity