Category: Agriculture

Smallholder farmers helped in Kenya

In this guest post, Nat Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of Juhudi Kilimo highlights three innovative Kenyan start-ups, from solar pumps to credit companies that are helping to change the lives of  rural farmers for the better.   Joseph Omwega is…

Esoko investment connects farmers to markets

Acumen and the Lundin Foundation today announced a $1.5 million aggregate equity and debt investment in Esoko Networks Limited (“Esoko”), a Ghanaian-built technology platform that connects African farmers to markets via mobile phones. The platform allows various stakeholders, from agri-business,…

Companies doing Unreasonable good

As a most unusual meet-up of investors and entrepreneurs, it could have been called “Doing Good Meets Business Discipline” or maybe “Non-profit Goes For-Profit.” With uncharacteristic understatement, the event sponsor, Unreasonable Institute, of Boulder, CO, chose to call it merely…

Indian organic fertilizer company

Chilasa Venture Philanthropy, a pioneer in supporting micro and small enterprises (MSMEs) through its investment ecosystem, today announced an investment in GloTech Organics Pvt Ltd, an Indian agricultural product manufacturer specialising in neem and seaweed based organic fertilisers. The United…

Tools to improve African agriculture

The Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development weaves a picture through maps that shows the opportunities for increased smallholder productivity in Africa. (shutterstock) The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) recently published The Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development (Atlas), which…

Impact investing in francophone Africa

Issam Chleuh is the 27-year-old Malian national and founder of the Africa Impact Group, an advisory, research, data and news service provider that specialises in impact investing in francophone Africa. Impact investing refers to investments made into companies or funds…

Announcing investment in Esoko

Acumen and the Lundin Foundation today announced a $1.5 million aggregate equity and debt investment in Esoko Networks Limited (“Esoko”), a Ghanaian-built technology platform that connects African farmers to markets via mobile phones. The platform allows various stakeholders, from agri-business, NGOs, development finance institutions, governments and mobile network operators to profile and provide specific content […]

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Ten innovative social entrepreneurs in Africa

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) recently announced the finalists of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014. Like the years before, the 10 finalists have been chosen for their practical, innovative solutions to local problems that are unique to the African continent. From South…