Agriculture and Food Security

Put simply, agriculture drives development. Agriculture today accounts for 10% of global economic output and provides livelihoods for more than 2 billion people in low and middle-income countries. Our experience ranges from analyzing and improving agricultural value chains, to increasing public and private investments into the sector, and establishing inclusive supply chains. A significant proportion of our work focuses on understanding, empowering, and advocating for smallholder farmers. 

Kusi Hornberger

Kusi Hornberger is an Associate Partner in the Washington, DC office of Dalberg Advisors. Kusi co-leads Dalberg’s impact investing practice area and is particularly passionate about the use of innovative finance and technology to accelerate the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

Mukhtar Amin

Mukhtar is an Associate Partner in the Dalberg Addis Ababa office where his work spans a broad range of development areas, including industrialization, labour markets, agriculture, and environment. He has provided advice on strategy, design of new initiatives, and organizational effectiveness.

Smallholders on the world stage: how private investment can help secure our food future

Smallholder farmers are critical to global food security and economic growth, but despite their importance, the private sector has largely overlooked this market given perceived risks and skepticism about their commercial viability as a market segment. 

Creating new pathways to global supply chains for agricultural SMEs

Agricultural small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) across Africa typically have few pathways to scaling their operations: They could invest in new machinery to increase outputs, but loans are often out of reach. Product quality and pricing could be tailored for bigger food manufacturers’ needs, but existing systems often don’t align with large-scale manufacturers’ requirements. These are but a few of the many obstacles that agricultural SMEs face when it comes to joining global supply networks. 

Kanishka Bhattacharya

Kanishka is an Associate Partner with Dalberg based in Mumbai. He advises private and public sector partners on strategy, strategy planning and management, market analysis, and monitoring and evaluation.

Rhobhi Matinyi

Rhobhi Matinyi is an Associate Partner in Dalberg’s Johannesburg office, where she works on strategic planning, market entry and growth strategies, performance evaluation and implementation. Rhobhi’s area of specialty is healthcare, and she also has extensive experience in financial inclusion, agriculture, and education and youth employment. 

Layusa Isa-Odidi

Layusa Isa-Odidi is an Associate Partner, leading Dalberg’s presence in Melbourne, Australia. She focuses on strategic planning and financing across the areas of education, employment, agriculture, and gender. 

Adopting a gender lens across all our work

Adopting a Gender Lens to the IDH Smallholder Innovation Platform


Adopting a Gender Lens to the IDH Smallholder Innovation Platform

Kristen Schlott

Kristen Schlott is a Creative Lead at Dalberg Design. Based in Nairobi, she has worked for non-profit, for-profit, and multilateral clients to bring human-centered design to the international development field in sectors including agriculture, finance, and youth unemployment. Kristen has made significant contributions to the growth of Dalberg Design’s Nairobi-based practice; sourcing talent and developing internal initiatives to explore new applications of human-centered design for local markets. 

Rym Keramane

Rym is an Associate Partner based in Dakar, Senegal. Her work covers West and North Africa, and focuses on strategic planning, program design, and implementation. She has experience in inclusive economic development, youth employment and entrepreneurship, agriculture, and ICT.