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12 July 2018
Baseline Study: Tropha

With support from AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit (SDU), the scheme aims to benefit over 4,000 farmers. Over the course of three years, household incomes are expected to increase by up to $200 per annum. This baseline survey indicates the poverty rate of Tropha households (37%) is still slightly higher than the national poverty rate (32%), and the poorest of the poor are more likely to be living in female-headed households.

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12 July 2018
Baseline Study: WTC

Improving extension services with a non-recoverable investment of $335,000 aims to raise the annual average income of smallholder farmers by 131% by 2021. The farmers surveyed are generally poorer than the population of Tanzania as a whole – 24% were living below the national poverty line.  

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11 July 2018
Baseline Report: GADC

AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit is supporting GADC to provide microloans and training to build financial skills, with the aim of stabilising household incomes, and improving productivity. The VSLA members are generally poorer than the population of Uganda as a whole, with 20% of members  found to be living below the national poverty line for Uganda. When asked, 13% of respondents reported to having eaten only one meal the previous day.

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10 July 2018
Baseline Report: Rungwe

Rungwe Avocado Company (RAC) is investing in Tanzania’s avocado production to reach international market standards. RAC outgrowers will benefit from AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit support through improved extension services. The goal is for 75% of avocados  procured  from smallholder farmers to be of export quality.

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4 July 2018
Case Study: Afri-Oils, Malawi

Our team in Malawi provides regular support to management to strengthen governance, operations and financial performance. The company is working directly with farmers to increase productivity and reduce aflatoxin levels, through an extension programme supported by our Smallholder Development Unit.

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4 July 2018
Boosting farmer incomes and reviving Malawi's groundnut industry

Our investment in Afri-Oils, is helping to revive Malawi’s peanut industry. 

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6 June 2018
Blog post: Three practical steps agribusinesses can take to help close the gender gap in smallholder outgrower schemes

In this blog post, Sandi Roberts explains three practical steps agribusinesses can take to help close the gender gap in smallholder outgrower schemes. 

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3 May 2018
Case Study: Revitalising Agriculture in Northern Uganda

Case study of AgDevCo’s impact at GADC. 

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10 April 2018
AgDevCo invests a further $2.3m into SFEL

AgDevCo is pleased to announce a further investment of US$2.3m into SFEL. 

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27 March 2018
Gender Lens Investing: The Case For Empowering Women

In this report, we share research-based insights and practical findings from our gender research for the benefit of the wider investment community, including investors who are interested in ESG issues in general, as well as those operating in the agriculture sector of sub-Saharan Africa.

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27 March 2018
Gender Flyer for Agribusinesses

Agribusinesses can realise their full potential by creating new opportunities for women. This compact flyer highlights the gender business case for agribusinesses. 

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26 March 2018
Case Study: Investments in Phata, Malawi

Case study demonstrating a successful cooperative model in Malawi.

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