Programmes

 Development Partnerships

The BAGC facilitates a number of projects and partnerships that operate within the corridor. The partnerships include the Inputs Partnership with between BAGC, Yara, K2Seeds Prorustics, AFAP and Bayer. More recently BAGC has signed an MoU with the World Bank to manage a number of financing instruments under the Smallholder Irrigated Agriculture and Market Access Project- IRRIGA 1. A further MoU has been signed with IFAD to manage parts of the Rural Enterprise Finance Project. BAGC will facilitate access by rural business operators to financial products of the RFP by helping operators develop business plans for financing.

Investment Promotion

To facilitate investment planning the secretariat has developed comprehensive databases containing relevant agribusiness information which includes agricultural investments, providers and types of services available, agricultural production and marketing, road infrastructure, transport services, electricity and irrigation systems as well as programs support to agribusiness. This information is available through the BAGC Website

Partnership Coordination

The aim of BAGC Board is to represent the aims of the broader membership, with the support of the secretariat translating these into concrete actions and plans. One of the key aims of BAGC is to review and coordinate activities along specific commodity supply chains. This includes a) a focus on farmer training in business and agronomy, b) providing access to markets for farmers through relevant aggregation and introductions to buyers, c) development of agrodealer networks and SME business training, d) access to finance both for farmers/farmer associations as well as rural based SMEs, and finally e) creating, through dialogue with Government, a conducive business environment to encourage more inward investment into the corridor.