Supporting Innovative Agriculture

TechnoServe is running a national business plan competition called Agro Initiative Zimbabwe. The program supports promising ideas in agriculture by awarding capital prizes and technical assistance to small- and medium-sized businesses that include smallholder farmers in their supply chains and can serve as models for the broader industry. The program aims to award 25 prizes to companies in diverse categories including staple crops, high-value crops, livestock and food processing.

The technical assistance addresses client growth constraints at a business level, thus setting them on a path to secure subsequent external finance to commercialize or scale, and farmer capacity building to ensure contracted households understand the underlying business case in each partnership for maximum yields and profitability.