Afriseed secures additional funding for scaling up in the legumes business
IAP provides impact readiness and match-making support targeting impact investors. At the same time, IAP also facilitates linkages between the enterprises and local financing sources (grants and loans) such as national development banks, MFIs
SOGE receives clean energy award 2022 and attracts more funding
Solar Green Energy Ltd (SOGE), one of IAP’s investees in the Cambodia portfolio, won the 2022 Clean Energy Award for businesses. SOGE is a solar energy company that provides a wide range of quality solar products combined with installation and maintenance services.
Local solutions for acute horticultural seed shortages in Ethiopia
Jemma Agrotech has taken the bold step of testing an out-grower seed multiplication model for onion and potato, making it the first in Ethiopia.
Truluv secure €680,000 in investor funding
Truluv Granola has secured an additional investment of EUR 680,000 within the first year of their IAP partnership. This debt and equity financing was made by the Dutch Good Growth Fund and a group of angel investors.
API scales up its production of biodiesel
As one of the main sources of greenhouse emissions globally, the African Power Initiative in Uganda is working towards substituting fossil fuels with biodiesel derived from kukui, or candlenut, seeds
Nutridense scale up processing
What started out as a modest food production endeavour in the basement of Nutridense’s owner, Ms Alem Greiling, is now transitioning to a fully fledged food processing venture through automation and expansion of the company’s distribution channels.
IAP’s private sector support brings clean water
Despite being essential for all life, globally some 2.2 billion people still do not have access to safe water for drinking and sanitation (WHO/UNICEF 2019). This sees over 1,000 children die each day from preventable diarrhoeal diseases.
Making a big impact on the cooking culture of Ethiopian restaurants
Anega Energies Manufacturing has launched their new improved efficiency commercial cookstove, the Quayton efficient fan forced gasifier cookstove. Designed for both households and commercial scale cooking, the Quayton fuel pellet stove has the potential to replace the current charcoal and wood burners that dominate urban Ethiopian kitchens.
Increasing yields and incomes through improved yield seeds
East-West Seed introduced high-quality seeds and agronomical support services with the aim of improving farmers’ lives through increased agricultural productivity and raised incomes. Now, having conducted crop demonstrations to create and increase awareness of the importance of improved seeds and agricultural techniques, EWS is implementing an inclusive agricultural project in four provinces in Cambodia.
Financial Inclusion unlocks smallholder participation in Uzima’s business value chain
Uzima Chicken’s innovative social enterprise approach is directed towards making smallholder farmers wealthier and healthier through the distribution of improved and resilient SASSO poultry breeds.
Off grid customers gain access to clean water and clean power
WidEnergy Africa Ltd has deployed two off-grid boxes to the Southern Province of Zambia in Nyawa village of the Kazungula District. With its population of over 11,075, many in Kazangula communities struggle to access clean water and most households are living without access to main grid electricity.
Alviol’s solar kits receive an enthusiastic reception
Alviol General Trading recently held their first sales promotion event in Dessie in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. The event introduced their new solar hair salon kits and charging stations to youth-led microenterprises in peri urban areas.
Mukusu demonstrates improvements brought about by mechanised farming
Farm mechanization levels across Uganda are very low. Mukusu Motors aims to change this by offering mechanization services for hire to smallholder farmers through a digital booking platform called Hello Tractor.
SOGE increase incomes and reduce production costs
Solar Green Energy saw the first harvest supported by their innovative solar irrigation technology in June 2022. SOGE’s hybrid-solar systems provide year-round water supplies for rice farmers, through drawing water from nearby rivers and pumping it into canals that feed adjacent farms. This extra water made available to farmers during the dry season sees paddy properly irrigated, reducing weed growth and increasing the available area for rice planting.
HUSK open a new facility and double biochar production
Husk Ventures has begun operations at its new biochar production facility in Bosveng village. This new site, situated on the Amru Rice milling company premises, allows HUSK to double its biochar production whilst providing space for new equipment.
Increasing smallholder farm productivity, incomes and climate resilience
Afriseed Ltd has introduced two new improved seed varieties in Zambia that may well cause a shift in smallholder agriculture , from maize mono-cropping to the more lucrative Mbereshi beans, as well as the drought-tolerant orange maize. The Mbereshi beans are rich in iron and zinc, while the orange maize variety is fortified with vitamin A.