Experts panel releases results for 2016 Best Agribusiness Incubator Awards

BEST AGRIBUSINESS INCUBATOR IN AFRICA AWARDS -2016

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For Immediate Release

CURAD incubator in Uganda, selected as Best Agribusiness Incubator in Africa for 2016.

CCLEAr incubator in Ghana selected for Best Agribusiness Incubator, Technology Commercialisation.

Accra, Ghana 13th April, 2017. A four-member panel of experts for the 2016 Best Agribusiness Incubator awards submitted results from the process on the 31st of April this year for consolidation, indicating the Consortium for Enhancing University Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development Limited (CURAD) as the Best Agribusiness Incubator in Africa for the year 2016.

In his message to the media, Dr Alex Ariho the CEO of the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) congratulated CURAD for sustaining the model for creation of jobs and creating strategic partnerships.

“Agribusiness incubators work with partners to deliver. However the utmost success depends on how strategic the partnerships are to make enough impact on the agribusiness enterprises being supported. I congratulate CURAD upon having stood out and I believe that they are a good example for new agribusiness incubators in Africa. A number of other member incubators have also made remarkable strides and do not go unnoticed. We therefore believe in sharing more from the experiences and pushing this agenda for agribusiness incubation even further,”- Dr Alex Ariho the CEO of the African Agribusiness Incubators Network.

From the consolidated report of the panel, CURAD was selected for, among other achievements, the highest number of jobs created and level of value addition along a value chain from the coffee-focused SMEs supported by the incubator.

CURAD also received commendation for direct support for youth groups and university-based activities aimed at promotion of agribusiness innovations through the Earn as You Learn Model.

Having received the same prize in the first edition of the awards in 2015, this is the second time that CURAD has been selected by two different panels as the Best Agribusiness Incubator in Africa.

The Creating Competitive Livestock Entrepreneurs in Agribusiness (CCLEAr ABI) incubator in Ghana was selected by the panel as Best Agribusiness Incubator, Technology Commercialisation from the success achieved with IMO Technology extended to 24 households in the Western region of Ghana for 96 beneficiaries in 2016 alone.

CCLEAr ABI also managed to extend infrastructure support to 200 grass cutter entrepreneurs in Ghana out of 333 who were enrolled for the same.

The winners are set to be awarded prizes at the 2017 Africa Agribusiness Incubation Conference and Expo in Dakar, Senegal from 4th to 6th October 2017.

Notes to editors

About CURAD

The Consortium for Enhancing University Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development Limited (CURAD) is a member incubator of AAIN, operating in Uganda as a public-private partnership initiative promoted by Makerere University, the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises Limited (NUCAFE), the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), the University of Copenhagen (UC) and NIRAS International.

CURAD is one of the six agribusiness incubators in Africa that were launched with support from the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa under the AAIN-UniBRAIN facility with funding from the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).

CURAD’s core focus is to produce innovative young entrepreneurs and agribusiness leaders to champion productivity and profitability of the agricultural enterprises that can spinoff new enterprises.

Website: http://www.curadincubator.org/

About CCLEAr ABI

CCLEAr Agri-Business Incubator (CCLEAr ABI) is a non-profit, non-political organization registered in Ghana under a public-private partnership agreement between CSIR-Animal Research Institute as the lead organization, the Departments of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, and Animal Science, both of University of Ghana, the Directorate of Animal Production of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Heifer International, Ghana, and Humbeg Farms, Anum.
CCLEAr ABI is established to champion the creation of competitive enterprises in the livestock value chain, and also influence the teaching and learning of agribusiness in Ghanaian universities and colleges with the view to developing entrepreneurial skills in graduating students.

Website: http://www.cclear.org/

About AAIN

The African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) is a continental network of agribusiness incubators with a secretariat in Accra and regional offices across Africa, with the mandate of “Incubating Incubators for job and wealth creation in Africa.”

Website: http://africaain.org/

About the Awards

The Best Agribusiness Incubator in Africa Awards (BAIAA) are the result of an annual analysis of agribusiness incubators in Africa by a panel of experts in agribusiness incubation balanced between Africa and the rest of the world.

Winners are awarded prizes at the annual flagship event, the Africa Agribusiness Incubation Conference and Expo.

The results are collated from analyses by a balanced panel of agribusiness incubation experts from Africa and parts of the world nominated for the selections.

 

For more information contact:

 

Dr Alex Ariho

Chief Executive Officer

African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN)

Email: alexariho@africaain.org

 

 

Solomon Kalema Musisi – AAIN Communications and Public Relations Manager

Mobile: +233503898161

Email: solomonkalema@africaain.org