The Agripreneurs Incubation Program aims at equipping new or existing small and medium commercial farms and agribusinesses in Africa with entrepreneurial competencies required to succeed in agribusiness. This program is tailored for ‘telephone farmers’ (part-time farm owners with a will to invest commercially but majorly rely on farm operators).
The overall objective is to improve profitability and sustainability. Participants acquire relevant skills and knowledge, increase confidence and entrepreneurial abilities, as well as, improve turnover, productivity and profits. The program has two components i.e.
- Practical training
Participants are taken through a 5-day Agribusiness learning series. The training is designed to improve key business competences; and, combine functions of an entrepreneur, farmer, operator, and crafts-person successfully. Based on an action-learning approach, it is hands-on with practical exercises focused on individual development being completed throughout.
The participant is exposed to relevant case studies, role plays and practical examples. S/he is provided with worksheets and activities to help him/her apply the training content and to build up his/her farm business models. The participant is encouraged to develop an individual action plan to ultimately apply the new skills in the enterprise. While trainers enable learning, peer-to-peer feedback and input is strongly encouraged.
Some of the key topics Agripreneurs cover during the business planning training include:
- Enterprise Planning on farm Operations
- Application of value chain tools in Agripreneurship
- Marketing and sales of agricultural produce
- Preparation and use of farm & financial records
- Managing regulations, finances and risks
- Integrating ICT & research in Agripreneurship
2. Business Support Services
Implementation support lasts for a period & cost agreed with the farmer. The coaches are skilled and have good experience as farmers or agribusiness professionals. They impart knowledge and skills, offer guidance and moral support, as well as, assist in developing sustainable production methods. This ranges from impactful financing to marketing & operation skills. Implementation support includes monthly farm/enterprise visits and ongoing one-on-one communication.
For more information please download our Agripreneurs Incubation brochure here https://latiaresourcecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Latia-AIP-brochure.pdf
The Agripreneurs business intake form can be downloaded & filled on this link https://latiaresourcecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Latia-AIP-intake-form.doc