BeniBiz: Boosting Youth Agribusinesses for a More Food Secure Benin

BeniBiz is a business accelerator that – in collaboration with the BOP Innovation Center, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development, and the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) – aims to provide food and agribusiness entrepreneurs the skills they need to build prosperous businesses and economies, and food-secure communities. By providing business training and technical assistance to burgeoning agri-preneurs and nutrition sales agents, BeniBiz will help these businesses to increase sales and job opportunities within the local community. Technical assistance through the project will also focus on building a last-mile distribution network that will help participating businesses to reach poor, “base of the pyramid” consumers, increasing their access to nutritious and affordable food products. Over the five-year duration of the project, BeniBiz will support 2,500 youth and 750 food and agricultural SME entrepreneurs, and aims to help generate $15 million in increased wages and income for rural communities through competitive agribusinesses.