Baobab Briefing: Innovation Along The Agriculture Value Chain

Agriculture value chains are complex networks of growers, off-takers, processors and retailers that help to get food from the farm to the consumer as quickly and efficiently as possible. Across many markets in Africa this is a combination of formal and informal actors.

For technology companies, the market inefficiencies that create waste and increase the cost to the consumer have become an increasingly attractive space to operate in. The total amount raised by Agriculture technology companies in 2019 reached $81.403 million USD, 65% of this was raised by companies who either provide agri-specific B2B supply chain solutions, or help to increase the efficiency along the value chain.

Companies like Twiga Foods, who have received backing from Goldman Sachs, DFC and IFC are taking some of the models used by the on-demand delivery services to help formalise fragmented and informal networks of growers, connecting them directly to businesses. So is the time right for innvoation along the Agriculture value chain?

In this report we take a look at some of the companies that have been gaining traction over the past 12 months as well as some of the long-term investment trends.

10 Agriculture Value Chain tech companies Africa

This report was first published in October 2020.

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