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This will be a short post that marks the beginning of the end of our participation in Startupbootcamp FinTech Dubai. After meeting investors, interacting with mentors and other startup cofounders, the team had to pitch on the final day. The SBC Accelerator helped build our capacity as business men and more importantly fine-tune our business model. 30th April was the set date, we had two weeks to write our scripts, get it edited and be…

Climate change is perhaps the most serious environmental threat to the fight against hunger, malnutrition, disease and poverty in Africa, mainly through its impact on agricultural productivity. This post contains pointers shared during the just ended Africa Climate Week in Accra – Ghana. This presentation focuses on farmers’ climate smart/ resilient good practices (including pastoralists, fishers, aquaculture, and tree dependent communities’ adaptation to climate change by smallholder farmers. Taking actions to reduce their vulnerabilities and…

There is an ever increasing need to invest in agriculture due to a drastic rise in global population and changing dietary preferences of the growing middle class in emerging markets towards higher value agricultural products. Financial services for smallholder farmers are critical to achieving financial inclusion goals. Many Microfinance institutions and banks see potential growth from extending financial services to these unbanked clients, but their traditional approaches must be adapted to capitalize on opportunities in rural…

“Disrupt or be disrupted” I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase over and over again you’re starting to wonder if it’s just a tech jargon to make business executives sound smart or there is an actual disruption going on. Disruption is defined as “an interruption in the usual way that a system, process, or event works” by the Cambridge dictionary. In the business or start-up space, this interruption happens daily. Typical example is the uberisation of every space presently. I’m talking AirBnB disrupting the…

Having been selected to part of the first cohort of Startupbootcamp (SBC) FinTech Dubai brought its own excitement and anxiety. We were excited because our idea to provide a platform through which smallholder farmers can be connected with finance had been validated, however, the anxiety of leaving operations and being away for the programme period couldn’t be hidden. We settled it in our minds and hearts after deep deliberation of the business model and the…

For this post, we invited the the folks at Locagro, an agribusiness located in Nsawam – Ghana that is focused on market facilitation for farmers. Enjoy! You have always dreamt of becoming a farmer, growing food not just for yourself but for your greater community. You yearn to work with the soil, and are prepared for a life in the country side with intellectual challenges and uncertain finances. Your day begins before the sun is…

Pig farming, a branch of animal husbandry, involves the breeding of domestic swine for subsistence or commercial use on a pig farm. Pigs belong to the genus Sus, a part of the even-toed ungulate Suidae family and are indigenous to Africa. Pig meat (pork) is consumed in many parts of the world especially in Africa, and its high demand makes it very lucrative to startup as a business. As demand exceeds supply, selecting the appropriate…