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. 

Rym Keramane

Rym is an Associate Partner based in Dakar. 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.  

IFC – Agriculture value chain investment opportunity scan

  • Dalberg supported the IFC to carry out a mapping and a competitiveness analysis of six agricultural value chains in East and West Africa: coffee, cocoa, cashew, palm oil, cotton and livestock.
  • Dalberg undertook extensive primary and secondary data collection and analysis to map the value chains, assess their competitiveness through establishing regional and international benchmarks, and recommended specific investment and advisory opportunities.
     

KfW – Design and Structuring of the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria

  • Dalberg designed and helped launch the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (FAFIN) on behalf of KfW and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. 
  • The fund concept emerged from a Nigerian SMEs agricultural finance market assessment done by Dalberg. 
  • Afterwards, Dalberg was engaged to design and structure a growth capital fund, supporting fund manager recruitment, and developing operational documents. 
  • Dalberg also helped facilitate fund incorporation and early fundraising processes. 
Trevor Zimmer

Trevor Zimmer is a Director at Dalberg Design where he leads project engagements with public and private sector clients to apply design as a facilitative process and skillset. He believes design better enables teams and organizations to collaborate across disciplines, align interests, contribute to organizational learnings, and identify solutions. His focus is on global health, change management, and new ventures.
 

Matthew MacDevette

Matthew MacDevette is an Associate Partner based in Johannesburg. His work focuses on Southern, East and West Africa and covers various aspects of economic growth and development, including impact investing, donor-led facilitation of private investment, inclusive business and shared value, youth employment, and SME development.

Matthew’s work spans a range of public and private sector clients both within and outside sub-Saharan Africa, and includes sectors such as manufacturing, financial services, agriculture, healthcare, and energy. 

Kusi Hornberger

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

Dalberg Data Insights Identifies Areas At-Risk for Food Insecurity using Mobile Phone Data

Widespread poverty in Uganda is closely related to food insecurity and malnutrition, with 36% of children in the country chronically undernourished or stunted.  For development actors to effectively respond to crisis, they must be able to understand which communities are most vulnerable in real-time and at high geographic granularity. Food security intervention planning however often relies on outdated survey data, which harms the efficacy of these interventions.

DigiFarm Wins a Fast Company 2018 World Changing Idea Award

Smallholder farmers – which number over half a million in Kenya alone – are among the most underserved group by financial and information services. Investment in this sector is hampered by lack of understanding and visibility into what, exactly, smallholder farmers need and want.

Improving the Lives of Marginalized Farmers Through Technology

 

 

Malavika Jain Bambawale

Malavika is a Partner out of Dalberg’s Singapore office. Her experience includes projects in clean energy, smart cities, sustainable agriculture, and climate change and low carbon infrastructure development.