The GABI Initiative
UniBRAIN is an initiative for advancing agribusiness incubation and improved agribusiness education in Africa. It is supported by Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danida), and facilitated by a team of seven partner institutions. One of these is the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), which hosts the UniBRAIN coordination unit at its Secretariat in Accra, Ghana.
ABI ICRISAT is a key partner in the Universities, Business and Research in Agricultural INnovation (UniBRAIN) project of the Forum for Agricultural Research (FARA) in Africa. The UniBRAIN initiative supports the establishment of the agribusiness incubators in Zambia, Kenya, Ghana, Mali & Uganda to commercialise agricultural technologies and produce graduates with entrepreneurial and business skills.
The other partners are three African sub-regional organisations (SROs):
- Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA)
- Conseil Ouest et Centre Africain pour la Recherche et le Développement Agricoles / West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD)
- Centre for Coordinating Agricultural Research and Development in Southern Africa (CCARDESA)
And three other pan African and international organisations:
- African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE)
- Pan African Agribusiness and Agro Industry Consortium (PanAAC)
- Agri-Business Incubator of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ABI-ICRISAT)
UniBRAIN supports 6 pilot agribusiness innovation incubator consortia (AIIC), which work in critical African agricultural value chains
- The Consortium for Enhancing University Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development (UniBRAIN-CURAD) focuses on plantation cash crops. Specific value chain: coffee
- Afri Banana Products Limited (UniBRAIN-ABP Ltd) focuses on staple food and cash crops. Specific value chain: banana
- The Sorghum Value Chain Development Consortium (UniBRAIN-SVCDC) focuses on smallholder dry land food grains. Specific value chain: sorghum
- The Creating Competitive Livestock Entrepreneurs in Agribusiness (UniBRAIN-CCLEAr) focuses on smallholder livestock. Specific value chain: livestock
- The West African Agribusiness Resource Incubator (UniBRAIN-WAARI) focuses on agro-forestry products. Specific value chains: non-timber forestry products, cereals and fruits
- The Agribusiness Incubation Trust (UniBRAIN-AgBIT) focuses on tropical fruit.Specific value chain: tropical fruit and vegetables
The main objective of UniBRAIN is to create jobs and increase incomes through sustainable agribusiness development. UniBRAIN is achieving this by creating mutually beneficial partnerships between universities, research and the private agribusiness sector to create profitable agribusiness while improving agribusiness education to produce readily employable graduate entrepreneurs.
Three outputs envisaged from this collaborative effort are:
1) Commercialization of agribusiness innovations supported and promoted
2) Agribusiness graduates with the potential to become efficient entrepreneurs produced by tertiary educational institutions; and
3) UniBRAIN’s innovative outputs, experiences and practices shared and up-scaled
The GABI Initiative
The Global Agri-Business Incubation (GABI) network is one of the mechanisms to provide improved food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture, through the establishment of
globally competitive rural based agri-enterprises.
An initiative supported by ICRISAT and FARA in association with the DANIDA-funded UniBRAIN project, GABI serves as a platform for providing support to agribusiness entrepreneurs and linking farmers, thereby creating additional market opportunities for producers resulting in reduced hunger and poverty in the developing and under-developed nations of the world. The regional agribusiness incubation networks operating in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa as a part of GABI work together to enhance technology exchange and provide softlanding support to agribusinesses in the respective continents.
As part of the goals and objectives of GABI, the GABI e-newsletter will feature agribusiness events, success stories, and technologies related to agribusiness start-ups. This e-Newsletter is circulated amongst the global agribusiness community and plays a vital role in bringing together Start-ups, SMEs, technology providers, incubators and entrepreneurs, thereby strengthening the GABI network.
It features articles related to agribusiness events, success stories, technologies related to agribusiness start-ups and other inspiring happenings in the UniBRAIN supported incubators and the global agri-business network.