Donor/Client: Abuja Technology Village (ATV)
Duration: 2022 – 2023
The Abuja Technology Village (ATV), formally known as Abuja Technology Village Science and Technology Park (STP) and Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is in the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja), Nigeria. In a bid to offer a balanced lifestyle environment for business operations with competitive advantage, ATV set out to reforest its perimeter buffer, streets, semi-natural areas, and forests. It plans to offer outsiders end eventually resident companies the opportunity to compensate for emissions by planting trees on its site. Agramondis developed a concept note for the tree planting programme with technical implementation support during the program.
Country: Côte d’Ivoire
Fields/Sectors: Greenhouse Gases, Sustainable Agriculture
Donor/Client: Rainforest Alliance
Duration: December 2022 – April 2023
The goal of this project is to construct a farm typology using management data collected from certified cocoa and coffee plantations in Côte d’Ivoire, and determine patterns and relationships between different production systems, good agricultural practice adoption, and carbon emissions and sequestration.
Country: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria
Fields/Sectors: Cashew and Monitoring & Evaluation
Duration: November 2022 – April 2023
The PRO-Cashew is a five-year (2019-2024) project which aims to support cashew producers in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria to improve productivity and improve access to market. The project will strengthen cashew producer capacities as well as develop incentives to renovate and rehabilitate cashew farms, improve production and quality and create a more competitive West African RCN for the international market. For this project, we are designing the midterm evaluation methodologies and data collection approaches and developing the data collection tools. We will be conducting farmer survey, FGDs, KIIs with relevant stakeholders in the cashew sector as well as CNFA, PRO-Cashew and USDA staff. As part of the evaluation, we will be reviewing the performance indicators of the project to evaluate the implementation progress. Finally, we will develop report and provide recommendations for adjustments to interventions and implementation approaches for the PRO-Cashew Project.
Country: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria
Fields/Sectors: Cashew processing, Environmental Impact Assessment
Duration: November 2022 - February 2023
Prosper Cashew is a five-year project aiming to strengthen the cashew processing sector in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria. The goal of the program is to ensure that 15% of domestic raw cashew nuts (RCNs) production in West Africa is processed into kernels prior to export by 2025. The long-term goal of the project is to increase the local processing capacity to 50%. We are quantifying the environmental impact of Prosper Cashew initiative, focusing on the effects associated with increased production and processing infrastructure. On the other hand, because shipping RCNs abroad generates greenhouse gases, we will assess the extent to which an increase in domestic processing capacity will reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions.
Country: Nigeria (Enugu)
Fields/Sectors: Livestock, broiler chicken
Donor/Client: VIRCO Agricultural Group’s - VILCO TenderCuts Retail Limited (VTC)
Duration: October 2022 - December 2023
The study focused on a detailed analysis of establishing and running an integrated broiler farm in Enugu, Southeast Nigeria. The goal was to develop a technical and financial feasibility plan to position the business for scale, cost-efficiency, and sustainability in the long-term. Three primary sources of revenue were identified based on market opportunities and strategic positioning in the value chain: Day old chicks (DOCs), frozen broiler chicken, and chicken feed. Several risks associated with the operations were analysed and mitigation strategies recommended.
Fields/Sectors: Dairy and Organic agriculture
Donor: The Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO)
Duration: October 2022 - December 2022
The aim of the project was to provide a short, strategy-oriented – forward looking - input which focuses on the current situation and its implications for SECO’s portfolio in Ukraine (including Quality Food Trade Program - QFTP and Organic Trade 4 Development - OT4D). This includes an outside view of the current state of the organic and dairy sub-sectors in Ukraine. We carried out an assessment of the potential the organic and dairy sub-sectors hold for economic development and recovery in a likely context of protracted armed conflict in parts of the country and critically reviewed the arguments underpinning SECO’s investment in organic agriculture. We provided a set of recommendations regarding whether SECO should continue providing support to organic agriculture and dairy, just one of them, or rather increase investment in other sectors (e.g., conventional agriculture or a completely different sector).
Country: Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo
Fields/Sectors: Organic Crops, Supply Chain
Duration: July 2022 - December 2022
The objective of this project was to analyse the soybeans value chain in Benin, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo, and highlight relevant aspects needed to establish a profitable export supply chain of organic soybeans from these countries. We gathered information from reliable online databases, journal articles and publications. We also conducted Key Informant Interviews with industry experts, soybean producers, processors, and exporters in the four countries. Amongst other findings, we identified and prioritised potential new sourcing markets in the target countries and developed a market entry strategy for our client.
Donor: European Union via COLEACP’s NExT Kenya programme
Duration: June 2022 - December 2022
This project aimed to estimate the carbon footprint of VegPro, one of Kenya’s largest horticultural production and exporting companies, and provide practical recommendations on how to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions emanating from its operations. A carbon inventory including four GHGs: carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (N2O), methane (CH4), and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC), was developed using data collected directly from VegPro’s facilities across Kenya. The inventory is a complete and accurate evaluation of GHG emissions that can be both directly and indirectly attributed to VegPro in 2021. Our approach for estimating carbon emissions from VegPro’s operations consisted of three steps: Data collection, categorisation, and analysis. We followed the GHG protocol Agricultural Guidance standard and conducted supplementary research into published emission factors and their specificity in terms of geographic location and type of activity.
Fields/Sectors: Food Security, Rural women and Social Cohesion
Duration: September 2022
Agramondis provided research support to RET Germany for the development of a potential project by profiling the food security and conflict situation in the Middle Belt area of Nigeria. Consequently, commodities with high-value chains such as rice, cassava, wheat and maize were examined based on their potential to provide multiple effects of an increase in food security, income and storage. The study also reviewed past and ongoing projects that were related to food security and social cohesion to identify gaps and build on good practices for the prospective project. To ensure proper targeting of the grassroots, the study provided a direction for the engagement of vulnerable groups such as women, youth, displaced people, returnees of conflict/climate change, smallholder farmers and processors. Critical and sustainable intervention activities in food security and social cohesion were identified for the vulnerable groups.
Country: Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tanzania
Fields/Sectors: Food & Nutrition
Duration: January 2022 - November 2022
The project aims to refine the country specific strategies in the development of product standards, commercialization of processed biofortified foods as well as understanding the contribution of such foods to micronutrient intake which could significantly reduce the prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies in the six countries. The main objective is to develop a catalogue and nutrient profiles of the most widely available biofortified processed foods in the selected countries. Agramondis will be conducting the study to assess and identify the processed food products available on the market that contain the biofortified crops as ingredients in the six countries.
Fields/Sectors: Solar, Sustainability
Duration: Nov 2021
The Earthshot Prize is a new global prize for the environment, designed to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years. The Earthshot Prize is awarded by the Royal Foundation to five winners each year for their contributions to environmentalism. It was first awarded in 2021 and is planned to run annually until 2030. Agramondis conducted a scoping visit for one of the finalists for the sustainability prize to assess their business and operations in Nigeria.
Country: Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Zambia
Fields/Sectors: Agri-finance, Rural women
Donor: World Bank Group
Duration: August 2021 – September 2022
The in-depth diagnostic study aims to better understand the knowledge gap between rural women’s SME insurance needs and insurance product offerings currently available within these three target markets. This is in order to develop and roll out suitable sustainable solutions in partnership with the local insurance industry that directly respond to these needs when designing and implementing future insurance schemes. FGDs, KIIs and other secondary data were administered, taking into consideration different insurance development stages and market environments to reveal individual characteristics as well as provide guidance on country-specific next steps.
Fields/Sectors: Climate Smart Agriculture and Agri-finance
Duration: July 2021 - June 2022
The project aims to assess climate-smart agri-financing gaps in Nigeria and the existing climate-smart technologies and practices aiding mitigation and adaptation in the agriculture sector. Funded by IFC and executed in collaboration with UNIQUE, this project involves evaluating the capacity, geographical coverage and business models of leading and potential CSA technology providers as well as the overall lending environment for climate-smart agriculture in Nigeria. Further, we are interviewing a variety of stakeholders, mapping out key risks and opportunities in selected commodity supply chains and constructing cost-benefit models, both on-farm and in the supply chain. .
Fields/Sectors: Standards and Certification, Fruits and Vegetables
Donor: COLEACP/European Union
Duration: July 2021 - January 2022
Agramondis was appointed by COLEACP to develop the National Interpretation Guideline for Kenya Standard (KS) 1758-2:2016 on Fruits and Vegetables. KS 1758 lays out the national requirements for the horticultural sector in Kenya, covering such diverse topics as food safety and traceability, sustainable production, health and safety and labour rights. It was prepared by the Horticultural Fresh Produce Technical Committee under the guidance of the Standards Projects Committee, and it is in accordance with the procedures of the Kenya Bureau of Standards. The Interpretation Guideline will help auditors implement the standard in the field.
Fields/Sectors: Fresh Fruits, Supply Chain Assessment
Duration: July 2021 - November 2021
The project aims to support a fruit processing company based in Lagos, Nigeria to conduct an assessment of the company’s capacity concerning the implementation of its sourcing strategy and meeting short and long-term procurement needs. It will also provide a general action plan with milestones towards the implementation of a relevant sourcing scheme.
Countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali
Fields/Sectors: Development of Market Information Systems
Duration: March 2021 - July 2022
The project aims at strengthening data collection, forecasting and monitoring of food security situation and policies at country level through the development of an agile Market Information System in East, Southern and West Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic. For this project, we are collecting food price, production and stocks, and trade information as well as the analysis of market data, forecasting of food prices and stocks for selected key food crops/products, documentation of evidence of impacts of changes in food prices and the development and regular updating of food price, stock, and trade information portal.
Fields/Sectors: Endline Evaluation for Business Women Connect (BWC)
Donor: ExxonMobil Foundation
Duration: Feb 2021 - June 2021
The Endline Evaluation aimed to assess the extent to which the Business Women Connect (BWC) Nigeria project has achieved its expected impact and outcomes as outlined in the results framework with focus on gender concerns in line with the TechnoServe Gender Policy. For this project, we conducted farmer survey, FGDs, KIIs with relevant stakeholders, quantitative and qualitative analysis of data gathered across Jigawa, Kaduna and Kano states.
Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria
Fields/Sectors: Cashew, Evaluation, Monitoring & Evaluation
Duration: Nov 2020 - Jan 2021
The PRO-Cashew project aims to support cashew farmers in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria to improve productivity and improve access to market over five years. For this project, we conducted farmer survey, FGDs, KIIs with relevant stakeholders in the cashew sector, quantitative and qualitative analysis of data gathered across the five countries.
Countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda and Tanzania
Fields/Sectors: Food Security and Nutritious Value Chain
Donors/Partners: Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Duration: Oct 2020 - May 2021
The project aims at understanding the nutritious food value chains and agri-SMEs through the monitoring and documentation of market dynamics, supply chains trends and shifting consumer perceptions in the light of COVID-19. The ultimate aim is provide targeted support to core food systems, workers, and markets during the COVID-19 emergency. For this project, we developed Global, Nigeria and Kenya reports every two months for six months (three reports per category) using mainly secondary data as well as KIIs with food SMEs.
Fields/Sectors: Agric Mechanization
Donor/Partners: Propcom Mai-karfi, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
Duration: Oct 2020 - Jan 2021
Nationwide value chain analysis in support of the agricultural mechanization business development component of Propcom Mai-karfi, a rural and agricultural markets development programme funded by the UK government and implemented by Palladium. The aim of the study is to increase incomes for the rural poor by reviving and facilitating access to agricultural and rural markets in nine locations in Northern Nigeria; including the six post-conflict North-East states.
Region: West Africa
Duration: March 2020 - March 2021
PACY (Predicting African Cocoa Yield) is a design sprint-inspired innovation project that aims to revolutionize and democratize cocoa production forecasting across West Africa. The motivation is to harness the best science and technology - from remote sensing and micro sensor technology to machine learning and advanced crop modeling - to generate cocoa forecasts that are accurate, accessible, and affordable.
For this project, we worked in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, Cocoa industry players and technology solutions providers. The project resulted in collaboration agreement between the University of Edinburgh and Tropical Research Services (TRS), to use data assets of TRS from decades of pod counting to develop and improve models.
Fields/Sectors: Greenhouse Gases, Sustainable Agriculture, Marketing, Communications
Duration: March 2020
Support membership with news and communication about biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable agriculture. The CFA is an organization with a mission to enable millions of growers globally to make more informed on-farm decisions that reduce their environmental impact. This is made possible with a digital tool called the Cool Farm Tool which is a web-based, greenhouse gas, water, and bio-diversity calculator that is credible, science-based, standardized, and user-friendly.
Fields/Sectors: AgTech, Agriculture
Duration: Feb 2020 - March 2020
The Diagnostic Study aimed to properly understand the policy framework for AgTech companies in Southern Nigeria, including barriers and opportunities. For this project, we conducted FGDs in Lagos and River states with over 200 participants and KIIs with relevant stakeholders in the Agtech space across the country.
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