Category: Agriculture

Investments in Agriculture Mark World Food Day

Editor’s note: World Food Day, a global movement to end hunger, took place on October 16.
As we commemorate World Food Day 2012 it is crucial to explore the issues surrounding food security in a local and global context.  In much of the world populations are expanding dramatically with demand for food increasing in-step. Food security[…..]

Virtual City Automates Agricultural Supply Chains in East Africa

A low-cost version of the mobile data management service Agrimanagr will automate agricultural processing supply chains and help professionalize smallholder farmers

Nairobi, Kenya, June 5, 2012 – Acumen Fund, a pioneering nonprofit global venture firm addressing poverty across Africa and in South Asia, today announced a $1.5 million convertible debt investment in Virtual City,[…..]

BASIX Krishi Increases Agricultural Productivity Of Smallholder Farmers in India


Innovative model offers affordable extension services for crops and livestock to smallholder farmers through a wide network of trained personnel.
Mumbai, India, May 11, 2012 – Acumen Fund, a pioneering nonprofit global venture firm addressing poverty in South Asia and across Africa, today announced an equity investment of INR 9 crores (~$2M) in BASIX Krishi Samruddhi[…..]

Mapping the Agriculture Sector


The agriculture sector in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia is expanding as population continues to grow and demand for food increases in-step.  In Sub-Saharan Africa, relatively large tracts of arable land are attracting investors seeking to establish large-scale mechanized primary agriculture production while smallholders’ productivity remains relatively low.  In many cases, smallholder farmers are under[…..]