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Agriculture and agribusiness


Agriculture and agribusiness

Overview

Africa’s agricultural sector is critical to sustainable economic development. Recognising the important role which agriculture plays in supporting economic opportunities, in particular for rural communities, the essential role of the sector for food security, and linkages with poverty alleviation, Genesis works at the public-private interface for government, donor, philanthropic and private sector clients, and in fruit, vegetable, cash and staple crop value chains across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Projects

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    Addressing food security in a global pandemic

    Genesis Analytics, through the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), advised the Solidarity Fund on if, and how, it could support a sustainable food production intervention that addressed the persistent experience of hunger by the most vulnerable households in South Africa (which has been aggravated by COVID-19).

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    Assessing impact of agricultural innovation programme

    DFID contracted IPE Tripleline and Genesis Analytics to assess the contribution that AgriTech Catalyst has made to development outcomes and impacts through encouraging agricultural innovation in developing countries.

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    Supporting technical assistance to smallholder farmers project with MEL

    Genesis was engaged by Technoserve to provide MEL support to the Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Technical Assistance Facility (CASA TAF).

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    A toolkit to support food loss and waste reduction initiatives

    Genesis was contracted by the Rockefeller Foundation to unpack the learnings from the YieldWise programme in Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania and package these in an accessible toolkit, serving as a “how to do guide” for informing investments in food loss and waste reduction.

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    Making markets work more effectively for smallholder farmers

    The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) appointed Genesis to conduct an end-of-programme evaluation of their Market Access Program (MAP) that was implemented in 14 countries in Africa between 2008 and early 2019.

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    Making agriculture markets more accessible to youth

    Genesis was commissioned by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to find a way to make young people more effective in agriculture.

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    Impact of multi-billion move from sugar to corn syrup

    Genesis was appointed by two of the world’s top fast-moving consumer goods brand to evaluate the economic pros and cons of a multi-billion-rand mega-transaction in the FMCG sector.

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    Seed project increases Zimbabwean farmers' yields by 20%

    Genesis was appointed by Vuna to work across a number of stakeholders to coordinate the implementation of a community-level seed production and distribution model in semi-arid districts of Zimbabwe.

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    Framework for SME finance to support agriculture value chain in Africa

    Genesis partnered with an international donor organisation to compare the operational processes of a group of agri-SME lenders to identify ways of serving the agricultural value chain more effectively.

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Related Focus Areas

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    Africa's Youth

    Africa is experiencing an unprecedented youth wave. Today, Africa has twice as many 15-year-olds as 35-year-olds. This ratio is likely to increase. From 193 million young people aged 15-24 in 2015, the number will grow to 295 million by 2035, and to 362 million by 2050.

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    Climate and disaster risk financing

    We work with governments, donors and private businesses to increase the flows of climate finance from higher to lower income countries, in fostering the role of the private sector in climate finance and in better preparedness of societies to address the climate change emergency proactively and adequately.

    Our core areas of expertise are climate and disaster risk financing and green growth and green finance.

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    Competition economics

    As the leading provider of competition economics services in Africa, Genesis Analytics has an unmatched breadth and depth of skills and experience. Blue-chip companies across Africa routinely rely on us for expert advice and support when they interact with competition authorities. We also work extensively with regulators and competition authorities, giving us a position of trust based on a strong reputation for providing robust and independent expert economic views.

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    Financial inclusion

    Financial inclusion remains an acute challenge across Africa, with many people in the sub-Saharan region lacking access to basic financial products and services, such as credit, savings and insurance products. The effects of financial exclusion fall disproportionately on particularly women, low-income groups, rural inhabitants and small businesses. These groups have traditionally been underserved by traditional financial services. Genesis has built deep expertise in driving financial inclusion across these groups in Africa.

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    Monitoring, evaluation and learning

    We work to maximise the social and economic impact of development efforts. As a trusted provider of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) services we combine our deeply rooted understanding of the African context with our extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation (M&E) methods to assess progress, measure value creation, and facilitate internal and external learning.

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    Water and sanitation

    Water has been identified by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as the most significant area of global risk. Africa is particularly vulnerable, given the relatively low level of average annual rainfall, constrained access to clean and safe drinking water, and climate variability on the continent.

    Genesis has provided strategic advice to donors, governments and the private sector to support decision-making in the water sector. We have also evaluated water projects and worked as a learning partner on longer-term programmes.

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