Innovating Agriculture Business Models

We’re testing and promoting innovative business models that help the delivery of climate smart agriculture.
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We understand that the private sector makes up close to 95% of agriculture in the region. For sustainable and longer-term change, we need to impact agriculture value chains.

Our Agricultural Development activity focuses on building private sector involvement in CSA, by piloting innovative approaches to enabling the use of holistic CSA by smallholder farmers, working primarily through private sector companies and sector trade associations.

This is done through: a) applying a market-systems approach to tackle the linked agriculture-climate risks faced by smallholder farmers and private companies, within suitable networks; and b) strengthening the links between companies and smallholder farmers, to include support for CSA, so as to offer benefits for both parties: for farmers, the strengthened links provide a pathway to climate resilience; for companies, a more sustainable value chain.

Our funds are applied to:
• Identifying suitable existing networks of farmers, on which to build;
• Designing support for each pilot project;
• Implementing each support project, using a combination of grant and supporting technical assistance, in partnership with grantees and other stakeholders.
• Monitoring and measuring accurately the results, and analysing which pilots show potential for scale up and replication.
• Providing advice and support on the scaling up, from the pilot group of farmers to other farmers in each network.
• Supporting replication of successful approaches in other locations and networks.

Vuna has a portfolio of innovative projects across the region, testing a number of different business models which have the potential to demonstrate the incentives for private sector companies and financial institutions to support the use of CSA by smallholder farmers.

Vuna Impact Monitoring Projects

Vuna Impact Monitoring Projects

Vuna Impact Monitoring Projects

Malawi Climate Smart Dairy Value Chain Project

Malawi Climate Smart Dairy Value Chain Project

Malawi Climate Smart Dairy Value Chain Project

Zimbabwe: Increasing Climate Resilience Through Smallstock Development

Zimbabwe: Increasing Climate Resilience Through Smallstock Development

Zimbabwe: Increasing Climate Resilience Through Smallstock Development

Zambia Cotton Outgrower Development Project

Zambia Cotton Outgrower Development Project

Zambia Cotton Outgrower Development Project

Zambia and Malawi: Gender Transformative Regional Seed Systems

Zambia and Malawi: Gender Transformative Regional Seed Systems

Zambia and Malawi: Gender Transformative Regional Seed Systems

Mozambique: Smallholder Seed Growers Capacity Development

Mozambique: Smallholder Seed Growers Capacity Development

Mozambique: Smallholder Seed Growers Capacity Development

Mozambique: Development of CSA Capacity in Pigeon Pea Value Chain

Mozambique: Development of CSA Capacity in Pigeon Pea Value Chain

Mozambique: Development of CSA Capacity in Pigeon Pea Value Chain

Zambia E-Voucher Scale Up

Zambia E-Voucher Scale Up

Zambia E-Voucher Scale Up

Tanzania: Outgrowers Mechanisms Capacity Development

Tanzania: Outgrowers Mechanisms Capacity Development

Tanzania: Outgrowers Mechanisms Capacity Development

Zimbabwe: Finance for Zimbabwean Outgrowers

Zimbabwe: Finance for Zimbabwean Outgrowers

Zimbabwe: Finance for Zimbabwean Outgrowers

Zimbabwe: Seed Systems for Semi-Arid Areas

Zimbabwe: Seed Systems for Semi-Arid Areas

Zimbabwe: Seed Systems for Semi-Arid Areas

Zambia: CFU Results Management System Development Support

Zambia: CFU Results Management System Development Support

Zambia: CFU Results Management System Development Support

Mozambique: Development of CSA Capacity in Cotton Out-grower Schemes

Mozambique: Development of CSA Capacity in Cotton Out-grower Schemes

Mozambique: Development of CSA Capacity in Cotton Out-grower Schemes