Updated Nov 23, 2017

AgDevCo's Smallholder Development Unit

Offered by Department for International Development and Mastercard Foundation as part of AgDevCo's Smallholder Development Unit

The role ofour Smallholder Development Unit (SDU)is to support our investees with this initial investment through managing and funding the following activities:

Designing smallholder schemes,including conducting background studies and defining the core components of the scheme (e.g. structure, participants, commercial terms);

Assisting enterprises in rolling out the schemes,including funding the initial operational costs of the schemes until they have achieved sufficient scale to be sustainable (e.g. salaries and equipment);

Supporting enterprises in running demonstration plots and training programmesfor farmers to improve agronomic techniques, demonstrating benefits of modern inputs and trialling new technologies (e.g. mobile technologies, micro-insurance); and

Providing technical assistanceto develop information technology systems to manage outgrower schemes and track their impacts.
Whilst we expect these schemes to cover their costs once up and running, the Smallholder Development Unit will provide grant funding and expertise in the initial design, launch and roll-out of smallholder programmes.
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Open Year RoundDeadline
From $250,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 2: Research & Development, Stage 3: Proof of Concept and Stage 4: Transition to Scale
Implemented in:
CountryGhana, Malawi, Rwanda, Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania and Sierra Leone
Focus AreasAgriculture
We are willing to support early-stage businesses (e.g. with less than five years’ operating history) if there is a proven business model and a strong management team.

We are able to make direct investments in any of the eight countries in which AgDevCo currently operates (Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia). We can consider investment outside of these countries in partnership with established businesses that have a regional presence and a proven capability to operate on the ground.

Other Requirements

Planned Usage of FundsWe do not consider investments below $250,000 unless there is potential for rapid growth. For larger investments, we require a full business plan and complete financial operating history.
OtherWe require all potential investees to be compliant with all applicable local and international laws, and to demonstrate a willingness to adopt the highest environmental, social and governance standards.

Application Directions

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