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Agriculture and agribusiness

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    Overcoming key challenges of smallholder coffee farmers in Tanzania

    Genesis was contracted to conduct the final evaluation of a Tanzanian project of  International Coffee Partners (ICP), an initiative by eight leading European coffee companies whose vision is to improve smallholder coffee farmers’ livelihoods

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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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    Learning partner to Rockefeller Foundation's Food Initiative

    The Rockefeller Foundation appointed Genesis as the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) partner for the Food Initiative’s East Africa portfolio.

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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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    Ensuring the greatest impact of COVID relief funds in SA

    The Solidarity Fund was set up in March 2020 to fund a range of initiatives that addressed the COVID-19 crisis in South Africa. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) funded Genesis Analytics to provide extensive and wide-ranging technical support for the fund to ensure that the investments made by the fund had the greatest possible impact.

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    Building a transformational approach to impact for Sappi

    Sappi, with its long-standing commitment to sustainability, needed a coherent strategy to further scale business and societal value creation. An important consideration, as one of the country’s largest land owners, was its relationship with rural communities.

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    Genesis supports Uganda with strategy to capitalise on 4IR to drive growth

    Genesis is providing technical support to Uganda's Presidential Taskforce on the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) to formulate a national 4IR strategy to guide the country on areas where 4IR technology can be domesticated to achieve development objectives.

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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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    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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    Economic assessment of potato seed supply agreements

    Genesis was appointed by HZPC and Wesgrow to assess a complaint against their firms over access to the Mondial genetic material and saleable seed potato and the subsequent referral by the Competition Commission to the Competition Tribunal.

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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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    Evaluating ILO job creation project for Syrian refugees and Jordanians

    Genesis conducted the final evaluation of an ILO's project to support Syrian refugees' and Jordanians' access to “green work” in the agriculture sector using an employment-intensive method. Its goal was to promote better living conditions for Syrian refugees and Jordanians through increased decent work in the agricultural sector and an improved environment.

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    Designing a shared-value agri fund to finance rural land reform

    Land reform is the most pressing and emotional political issue in South Africa. Genesis Analytics was approached by a banking client to design a solution to support rural land reform and to transform the farming sector. The purpose of the fund was to support the transformation of sustainable large-scale commercial agricultural businesses owned by black South Africans.

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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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    Genesis evaluates effectiveness of rural finance learning partner

    Genesis was appointed to conduct the mid-term evaluation of the Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab established by the Mastercard Foundation as the official learning partner to the Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP) and their grantees.

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    Assessing rural Rwandan youth's access to finance

    Vision Fund Rwanda (VFR) commissioned Genesis to do a market assessment of youth-targeted financial services in rural Rwanda.

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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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    Genesis advises Swiss on Mozambique agri projects

    Genesis has been retained by the Swiss Development Corporation to sit on a strategic advisory committee (SAC) that advises the corporation on private-sector-led systemic approaches to agricultural development in Mozambique.

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    Feasibiliy of SME soy-based food processing in Mozambique

    Genesis was contracted by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to conduct a feasibility study in Mozambique to determine strategies that would foster the widespread adoption of soybean processing at SME level and consumption at household level.

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    Innovating fintech services for smallholder farmers

    Genesis and The Springfield Centre were contracted by Mercy Corps and the MasterCard Foundation to conduct the mid-term evaluation of AgriFin Accelerate (AFA), a six-year, USD 24.7-million programme in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.

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    Digital-credit scoring tool to expand credit to MSMEs

    Genesis has proposed the development of a digital-credit scoring tool for micro, small and medium enterprise lending in Zimbabwe. The tool will be developed to enable financial service providers to lend to previously excluded entrepreneurs and MSMEs across a number of economic sectors using alternative data and non-traditional sources of data.

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    Seed strategy to increase output of smallholder farmers

    Genesis developed a seed business-development strategy for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) as a tool that will guide, orient and define expected outputs in how the project interacts and collaborates with seed stakeholders in Mozambique.

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    Genesis leads UK project on climate-smart agriculture support

    Genesis has been comissioned by DFID to conduct an 18-month climate-smart agricultural education and policy support project that aims to support the governments of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.  

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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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    Evaluating plan to reduce post-harvest loses for Kenyan mango farmers

    Genesis was contracted to conduct an end-of-project evaluation of YieldWise Scale-Up to assess the extent to which the project had achieved expected results in reduction of post-harvest losses (PHL) for mango farmers.

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    USAID'S technical expert on agri trade project

    USAID has commissioned Genesis to be a lead support to the export competitiveness and agribusiness components of their flagship project, the Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub (SATIH).

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    Vuna looks for innovation models for climate-smart agriculture

    Vuna commissioned a Climate Smart Agricultural (CSA) innovation models impact analysis to assess select Vuna Agriculture Development Facility (ADF) projects and identify intervention pathways to sustained climate resilience at scale.

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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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    Mid-term review of project to support agri-finance innovation

    Genesis was contracted to conduct a mid-term evaluation of the Financial Inclusion for Smallholder Farmers in Africa Project, which is aimed at improving food security and incomes of over 700 000 smallholder farmers in Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. 

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    Enterprise project tests rural youth employment plan

    TechnoServe commissioned evaluations of their Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE) programme to understand their impact, learn from the implementation of both phases, and test the sustainability of their roll-out model.

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    Cases show way for climate-smart farming in Zimbabwe

    Seven successful cases of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in Zimbabwe, documented by Genesis, are to be included in a manual being written for the country’s eight agricultural colleges. Genesis was contracted by Vuna, a regional DFID-funded programme on CSA to document these cases.

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    Case for private sector, climate-smart smallholder farming

    Genesis was engaged by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) to research a business case for engaging the private sector in designing and delivering climate-smart solutions.  

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    Expert advice on dumping of poultry in SA market

    Genesis has become an important source of independent analysis and advice to the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) and, through these engagements, also to decision-makers in South Africa’s International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC), the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

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    Helping innovation for Africa’s rural farm families

    One Acre Fund and the MasterCard Foundation engaged Genesis to conduct the mid-term evaluation of their programme to extend financing, technical support and other services to smallholder farmers. 

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    Redesign of Agriculture Technical Assistance Fund

    Genesis was hired by TechnoServe, Inc. to conduct monitoring and evaluation and redesign of the African Agriculture Fund's Technical Assistance Facility.

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    Developing market links for smallholder farmers

    Genesis worked with the TGVCI Farmer Support and Linkages project to link smallholder farmers to established retail markets through emerging commercial farming hubs that act as collection, standardisation and distribution points of product, as well as a source of inputs, market information, technical advice and training.

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    Plan to create 45 000 jobs in Ethiopia

    Ethiopia has witnessed rapid economic growth with real gross domestic product (GDP) growth averaging 10.9% between 2004 and 2014. Enterprise Partners employed Genesis to provide technical support in their programme to further bolster growth over the next six years through integrating the poor, especially women, in sustainable economic enterprises that create jobs and improve incomes.

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    Raising incomes by 50% in Niger Delta

    Genesis was employed to provide market systems development advisory services to DFID's programme in the Niger Delta, which is Nigeria’s second poorest region and where the concentration of oil industries has created wage and commodities inflation, raising the cost of living and intensifying poverty among the poor.

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    Analysis of additional protective measures for SA Sugar Association

    The South African Sugar Association (SASA) asked Genesis to assist by examining a concern expressed by the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) that SASA’s application for increased protection against imported sugar would harm consumers.

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    Access to finance for 12 000 small-scale farmers

    Genesis was commissioned by the Zimbabwe Agricultural Development Trust (ZADT) to develop and pilot financial products suitable for direct access by smallholder farmers. Small-scale farming is the backbone of the rural livelihoods in Zimbabwe but the farmers often struggle to access finance for agricultural production, locking them into low input- low output production models

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    Objection to proposed Namibian quota on SA poultry

    Genesis was retained by the South African Poultry Association to provide expert advice on a number of economic issues raised by SAPA's objection to proposed Namibian quotas on poultry imports.

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    Genesis assists Nigerian farmers to 'climate-proof' projects

    Genesis was contracted to review PropCom Mai-Karfi array of interventions from a climate lens and advise them on how to “climate-proof" its intervention activities in light of regional and national policy and implementation practices.

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    Working models for inclusive agricultural business

    Genesis applied its experience in value chain analysis to determine which South African agricultural value chains presented the highest potential inclusive business models for international donor organisation, GIZ. Three value chains were selected, and their inclusive business model design investigated to identify what type of facilitation efforts GIZ could adopt to support model replication and scaling. 

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