Lessons learnt from investing in agricultural SMEs in East Africa

In 2004, private equity firm Pearl Capital Partners set up African Agricultural Capital (AAC) with the ambition of stimulating investment in agricultural businesses in East Africa. The fund was formally closed in 2019. AAC was one of the first agricultural impact investment vehicles in the region. Investors collectively committed $9 million in AAC, which the fund fully…

Agriculture will be most resilient sector, says World Bank

The World Bank, in its Global Economic Prospect 2021, has said Uganda’s agricultural sector will be among the most resilient sector in 2021. Uganda, the World Bank said, will be among the five countries in sub Saharan Africa that will experience the least contraction in agriculture. This, according to the World Bank, implies that agriculture will support…

Africa Agriculture Status Report focuses on assessing the opportunities, challenges and policies required to enable African farmers serve rapidly growing urban food markets

This year’s Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR) focuses on Feeding Africa’s Cities by assessing the opportunities, challenges and policies required to enable African farmers and agribusinesses to serve the rapidly growing urban food markets. The report seeks to find ways for smallholder farmers to drive food security, rural prosperity, and inclusive economic growth. The 2020…

Understanding the Needs for Private Equity and the Barriers in Developing/Emerging Markets; A Case Study of Uganda

Private equity is an alternative investment class and consists of capital that is not listed on a public exchange. Private equity is composed of funds and investors that directly invest in private companies, or that engage in buyouts of public companies, resulting in the delisting of public equity. Institutional and retail investors provide the capital for private equity, and the capital can…

Dryland Seed Limited (DSL) – 2011

Investment by African Seed Investment Fund DSL is a business based in Machakos, Kenya that was established to produce seed adapted to dry land conditions. DSL continues to play an important role due to the changing climatic conditions which provide a ready market for its products.ASIF Financing has enabled the business to expand its processing capacity and…