COVID-19 and Agri-food Businesses in Africa

Stories of resilience, innovation and impacts from agri-food businesses across Africa in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic!

Issue 7
Hydroponic Farms, Uganda – Automating Clients’ Farms

Hydroponic Farms is a home-grown climate-smart urban farming social enterprise that primarily designs, manufactures, and distributes hydroponic farms in Uganda. Their mission to empower urban communities to grow their own food and increase agricultural...

Loshes Chocolate, Nigeria – Bridging the Gap in the Confectionary Industry

Loshes Chocolate is a bean-to-bar Chocolatier operating in Lagos, Nigeria, that delivers handcrafted chocolate from a single source of cocoa bean to finished products, made without additives or preservatives. The inevitable limited access to market...

Sollissy Food & Beverages, Nigeria – Prioritizing Customer Engagement

SOLLISSY is a private company that has been in existence for over a decade with experience in mass production and sales of bread, supermarket, training, consultation, importation exportation, as well as a major distributor for food-producing comp...

Issue 6
AgriGo, Rwanda – Providing Extension Services to Smallholder Farmers on Mobile Phones

AgriGo is an organization that provides digital mobile solutions through USSD technology to help smallholder farmers make smart production dec...

August Secrets, Nigeria – Winning Through Customer Service

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge test of perseverance and tenacity to Toyin Onigbanjo and her team at August Secrets. August Secrets is a...

The Farm, Malawi - Leveraging Ecosystem Collaboration

Covid-19 or not, The Farm is committed to improving the productivity of rural farmers in Malawi. The Farm provides farmers with access to...

Issue 5
160 Hydro Farm, Zimbabwe – Going Global through Online Learning

160HydroFarm specializes in soilless farming, engaging women in Harare, Zimbabwe to grow crops through hydroponics, and promote water conservation and healthy eating. The past few months have been challenging as 160HydroFarm’s major clien...

Yaxare, The Gambia – Increasing Visibility through Discounts and Local Collaboration

Yaxare is a for-profit company that produces tea. Yaxare also works with women farmers across The Gambia, empowering them to become self-sufficient; a huge source of motivation that keeps the Yaxare team invigorated. “If production...

Helencia Foods, Nigeria – Establishing Retailer Networks

Helencia Foods is a food processing company that produces packaged food products by partnering with local farmers to source fresh farm produce. Lockdowns, market closures, and restrictions in movement have hindered Helencia F...

Issue 4
Local Village Foods, South Africa – Accelerating Growth by Launching a Digital Strategy

Local Village Foods was founded on a vision for a network of vibrant, local agripreneurs across the continent, supplying equitably sourced and sustainably grown indigenous African ingredients. It is this vision that motivates Sipamandla Manqele, CEO an...

Farm Fresh, Gambia – Delivering Lockdown Packages in The Gambia

Farm Fresh, Gambia – Delivering Lockdown Packages in The Gambia
Farm Fresh Gambia is the first online fruits and vegetable store in the Gambia and Founder Modou Njie sees the huge business opportunity in continuing to deli...

Quality Foods, Senegal - Reaching New Customers Through Webinars

Quality Foods, Senegal - Reaching New Customers Through Webinars
The team at Quality Foods loves a good challenge and remain undeterred in their efforts to provide fresh organic ag...

Issue 3
Dripsol Company, Kenya

Dripsol Company supplies customized drip irrigation kits that enable farming all year round without relying on the unpredictable rains. The Dripsol team strives to solve farmers’ problems and this has motivated David Githae, the Founder of the company, an...

Soilless Farm Lab, Nigeria

Soilless Farm Lab (SFL) is focused on tackling SDGs 1, 2, 3, 6, and 13 using technology, maximizing food production in the laboratory, and training others in soilless farming. Although SFL has been unable to provide its farm set-up services due to the...

Shambapro Limited, Rwanda

Shambapro Limited is an ag-tech company that provides farmers with access to quality farm inputs. Via its online platform, farmers can search, order and pay for farm inputs by Mobile money and have their purchase delivered to them anywhere in Rwanda. Initi...

Issue 2
Park&Pick, Rwanda

Park&Pick is an online grocery store that sources fresh produce directly from farmers, cleaning, packaging, and delivering to subscribing customers. Immediately following the announcement of a lockdown in Rwanda, Segond Fidens Irag...

Agrimod Solutions Centre, Kenya

Agrimod Solutions Center is a Kenyan based organization that provides specialized services in organic farming systems and technologies to agripreneurs toward promoting food security, environmental sustainability and biodiversity. Given the...

African Association for Vertical Farming, Kenya (AAVF)

AAVF is a formal association comprosing of individual urban farmers, SMEs, research institutions and corporations working toward a sustainable future of farming in Africa. AAVF has had to jump from hands-on classroom to online vertical farming training sessi...

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We believe it is important to highlight the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the agriculture and food sector as well as the positive and innovative ways entrepreneurs across the sector are pushing on through these hard times.

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