With support from the Mastercard Foundation, AgDevCo's Smallholder Development Unit (SDU) connects agribusinesses, including our own investees, to thousands of smallholder farmers.
Recognising that there are high set-up costs and economies of scale in smallholder outgrower schemes, the SDU provides up to $800,000 matching funding per project to support key systems and processes, enabling catalytic relationships between agribusinesses and smallholder farmers. Funds can be used to:
AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit is no longer accepting unsolicited proposals for new funding partnerships.
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Jacoma – Tropha
Tradin Sierra Leone
Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC)
Knowledge sharing has been core to the SDU’s work since its start in 2015. Many publications, articles and blog posts have been published during this period. Click on the links below to access some of these resources.;
This article highlights the success of Taylor Winch Tanzania in delivering the Gender Action Learning System (GALS), a community-led empowerment methodology that aims to give smallholder producers – particularly women – greater control over their lives.
To mark 5 years of the SDU, AgDevCo is convening a series of celebratory virtual events between Wednesday 24th March and Friday 26th March 2021.
AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit (SDU) has been convening periodic virtual knowledge sharing sessions for its partner businesses, as we all work to understand the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic for African agribusiness and their smallholder producers and customers.
Our partners share how their smallholder farmer schemes have presented significant commercial opportunities.
This report summarises the findings from a qualitative impact assessment carried out with smallholder farmers to investigate the impact of GADC/SDU's VSLA programme.