Innovations in agri-business, success stories
IFDC-ICRA success stories on agri-business clusters in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Mali.
The stories illustrate the experience of entrepreneurial individuals in building small to medium scale businesses through new relationships with colleagues and cluster and value chain partners. The businesses have been supported by IFDC’s 1000s+ project. The stories are based on capitalisation workshops held in 2010 and they have been written by Marijke Loosvelt and Toon Defoer. See also ICRA-IFDC partnership.
BeninAngela, the chicken or the egg (pdf, 137K) , Yellow maize, layer hens
Pineapples are on great form (pdf, 77K) , Pineapples
Juliette's gari is the best! (pdf, 194K) , Cassava
Burkina FasoFaithful Caesar (pdf, 140K) , Sesame
Mamy, the maize and the cucumber (pdf, 68K) , Maize, vegetables
Camille strikes while the paste is hot (pdf, 103K) , Groundnuts
GhanaJuliana's story (pdf, 99K) , Rice
Amazing Grace (pdf, 88K) , Soybean
Hot, hot stuff (pdf, 135K) , Hot pepper
MaliAbdou's workers (pdf, 87K) , Beekeeping, honey
Sesame, open, sesame! (pdf, 96K) , Sesame
Shea butter turns into green soap (pdf, 71K) , Shea butter
Abdou’s workers (pdf, 87K) , Honey
Nuts about tiger nuts (pdf, 113K) , Tiger nuts
Interesting related videosUnited through markets - video on markets in West-Africa, made for IFDC. The film presents 4 agri-business clusters supported by IFDC's 1000s+ project, using the CASE approach.
Crosscutting comparison between the 4 cases at the end of the film.
Animated versionof the Rising Rice section of above video
Sinima, sinima: MSPs in action. Link to trailer of a 52 minute film on Multi-Stakeholder Platforms and Processes (MSP) in Inland valleys in sub-Saharan Africa. Shot in Mali and produced by MOOV-ON Productions for AfricaRice and the Agricultural Research institute in Mali (IER). It illustrates ICRA's involvement in the set-up and functioning of MSPs within the framework of a EU-funded project RAP.
Other videos from MOOV-ON Productions here
ArticlesRising rice: an enterprise in Ghana, article on the Rice cluster in Ghana, by Marie Loosvelt en Toon Defoer, published in the New Agriculturist, September 2012