Apart from the fact the three main associates have worked in India for more than two decade across Agribusiness and financial sector, some of the ongoing and recently completed projects are:
This project is aimed at increasing food security in Rwanda, by understanding and identifying the most efficient ways to reduce postharvest losses. ABA is working in partnership with University of Rwanda, National Agriculture Export Development Board and Rwanda Agricultural Board. The project is initiated by the Horticulture Innovation Lab, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development as part of the US Government’s global hunger and food security initiative called Feed the Future initiative and led by the University of California, Davis. The project is working to understand postharvest losses, constraints and opportunities in key horticultural crops. The project will work to test and scale up several postharvest solutions through its three Postharvest Training & Services Centers. Our approach includes building local entrepreneurial capacity to support widespread adoption of appropriate technology.
Agribusiness Associates Inc. (ABA was commissioned by USAID Nepal to design a seed project with a focus on developing the private sector. Gurbinder Gill was the lead, together with a regional expert, Dr. Hari Upadhyaya. Based on the design submitted, USAID developed the RFI. This project is currently being implemented in Nepal with a budget of USD 15 Million.
ABA and Ohio State University collectively worked on an assignment for evaluating the value chain for Psyllium Husk for Proctor & Gamble. The objective was to strengthen the supply chain for procurement of raw material. P&G buys about 75% of the Psyllium Husk, which is packaged as OTC Metamucil. In the recent past, Europe has also started importing from India, which has put tremendous pressure on the P&G supply chain. In this context, P&G contracted the services of ABA with the objective of evaluating the value chain, focusing on understanding the backward linkages for increasing production through strengthening the research and extension component.
ABA worked closely with CIMMYT Nepal to strengthen the local market systems for small and medium wheat and rice seed companies. This was done through value chain analysis, business mentoring to strengthen their competitiveness and developing their capacity to rapidly move newly released varieties to the market.
The main challenge faced by CIMMYT was that though they had shared good germplasm with the National Research system in Nepal, resulting in registration of newer varieties, the adoption rate by the farmers was very poor. One of the main reasons identified during the initial evaluation was that the small and medium seed companies were not promoting the newer varieties. These seed companies are the ones who deliver the seeds to the farmers, however, they were not involved by the research institutions during the evaluation of the new varieties. This business approach resulted in slower adaption to the new varieties.
ABA worked with CIMMYT Nepal to facilitate a strategic business roadmap for Seed Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal. The objective of this intervention was to co create a vision for the association, followed by designing of measurable goals and strategies to achieve them, in consensus with a team of approximately 25 entrepreneurs and members. The group coaching discussion also led the team to chart the value system for SEAN in agreement.
ABA facilitated an intervention in collaboration with CIMMYT, for USAID, to co create a business proposal with the stakeholders from 4 different institutions including IRRI and CEAPRED. The approach used was brain based group coaching to bring consensus in the team for the best outcome.
ABA worked with IFPRI as a short term international consultant, along with the local expert team, to examine the constraints and problems in attracting private sector investment in commercial production of seed.
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