Study of F&S for FAO creates new insights in the socio-economic aspects of the Black Soldier Fly sector in East Africa
F&S consultants Annelien Meerts, Laura Martinussen and Andrew Kizito Muganga have mapped the the Black Soldier Fly (BSF) sector in Keny and Uganda. It is part of the ‘Animal Feed Commercialization Project’ implemented by the Subregional Office for Eastern Africa of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with funding from Mastercard Foundation.
BSF production is emerging as a new agricultural sub-sector. It is a sustainable and circular source of protein for animal feed, which is much needed in East Africa. However, the production of BSF is still in its infancy and knowledge on the value chain remains limited. This research contributed to more in-depth-knowledge on what is happening in the BSF value chain in Kenya and Uganda, what actors there are and what its potential is.
New milestone in the promotion of the PAC-PME mentorship approach: launch of the Mali Mentor Alliance
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F&S’s Projet d’Accompagnement à la Croissance des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises or PAC-PME (accompanying small businesses to growth) is in full swing. The project, financed by the Dutch Enterprise Agency (RVO), is implemented in Bamako, Sikasso and Ségou, in Mali. 100 young entrepreneurs, of whom 40% women, are supported with mentorships, training courses, and connections to investors to enable them to grow their business and grow personally.
Recently, PAC PME successfully launched its fourth and final cohort in Ségou town. At the time of writing, the first mentor intervision and peer coaching event for the entrepreneurs are taking place.
[Récemment, PAC PME a lancé avec succès sa quatrième et dernière cohorte dans la ville de Ségou. Au moment d’écrire ces lignes, le premier événement d’intervision de mentors et de coaching par les pairs pour les entrepreneurs a lieu]
Together with Inclsve, Fair & Sustainable Consulting’s Marjoleine Motz did research for GIZ on the influence of purchasing practices by retailers on producers.
A framework and tool for development practitioners and agri-service providers, to analyse the delivery of agri-support services from a gender perspective has been developed.
BSF is still in its infancy and knowledge on the value chain remains limited. This research contributes to more in-depth-knowledge on the BSF value chain in Kenya and Uganda
On March 23 and 24, PAC PME organized two bootcamps for the entrepreneurs and mentors of its third cohort.The bootcamps have resulted in the selection of 26 entrepreneurs, and 13 new mentors.
[Les 23 et 24 mars derniers, PAC PME a organisé deux bootcamps pour les entrepreneurs et mentors de sa troisième cohorte. Les bootcamps ont permis de sélectionner 26 entrepreneurs et 13 nouveaux mentors.]
Update of the progress in the Dembel Emboch Products Pilot, which is centered on water hyacinth and entreprensurship.
F&S has an (in company) business case development training that can be followed online or face-to-face. At the end of the training participants have developed a business case for their own specific context.
Since the start of 2022, Fair & Sustainable Consulting is implementing a new programme in Mali entitled Projet d’Accompagnement à la Croissance des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises or PAC-PME (accompanying small businesses to growth).