eProd | Management Solutions for Agribusinesses
22 Sep 2020

Building for the Long-term: what is an Inclusive Business

Equator Kenya, a food-processing company that produces African Bird’s Eye Chilies for export, has joined in 2015 the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to provide climate-smart technologies, training and market linkages to 8,000 smallholder farmers along the Kenyan coast. This inclusive business is designed to reduce the crop risks posed by climate change, which will sustainably increase incomes among the farmers (+6,000 of whom are women) as well as improve crop yields and quality.

Side by side with multinationals such as IKEA, in Equator Kenya was among the first batch or private sector members of BCtA to join.  “Equator Kenya’s business model is guided by a social inclusion strategy where no farmer – however small – is excluded,” said Almut van Casteren, the company’s CEO. “By creating linkages throughout the value chain, we will ensure that our profits – and the benefits to poor communities in Kenya’s coastal region – continue to grow. We are honoured to be recognised by the Business Call to Action and look forward to leveraging their expertise and that of our fellow members to further our work.” READ MORE

22 Sep 2020

GIZ-SAIS Investment Readiness Program for African AgriTech and FoodTech Startups

‘Scaling Digital Agriculture Innovations through Startups’ (SAIS) is a project implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In an effort to support African AgriTech and FoodTech startups, BMZ, through the GIZ-SAIS program, has launched the Investment Readiness Program (IRP) to help rapidly scale and improve promising initiatives, while impacting farmers positively on the ground. eProd Solutions has participated as one of the eight promising African ICT start-ups and participated in the program. “The selected startups will be able to scale their innovations in new markets and help their users to improve their incomes.” states Michel Bernhardt, Head of the SAIS project.

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14 Sep 2020

Impulse Program

Welcome to the Impulse Accelerator Virtual Demo Day!

IMPULSE: A unique acceleration program developed by Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and supported by OCP Group and its subsidiary OCP Africa.

IMPULSE is a 12-week acceleration program dedicated to innovative startups in the fields of Agritech, BioTech, Mining Tech and Materials Science & Nano Engineering. IMPULSE will help entrepreneurs take their startups to the next level and bridge connections with OCP Group, UM6P, MassChallenge and their ecosystems. Sixteen highly innovative ICT start-ups participated and eProd is one of the Gold Award winners! READ MORE

03 Sep 2020

CASA’s Investor Summit at AGRF’s Deal Room

Background

The Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) Programme supports the commercial and development case for investing in agribusinesses that source produce from smallholders in the global South. The summit is designed to provide communities of investors opportunities to reflect on issues affecting the viability and growth of agri- businesses. This year’s inaugural summit focuses on three research reports commissioned by the CASA programme. In addition to the researchers, the three sessions will also feature agribusinesses on the virtual panels reflecting on lessons learnt by them and their peers. The platform for the Summit supports the AGRF Deal Room and will facilitate active networking amongst participants. READ MORE

01 Sep 2020

Webinar: Challenges and solutions sourcing from small-scale farmers

Click here to watch the Webinar Presention video.

Are you or the businesses you support in agribusiness and facing challenges to source from the numerous small-scale farmers in your field? You are not alone! The supply chain management challenge is common for many agribusinesses in Africa, and even in the world.

USAID’s Kenya Investment Mechanism has partnered with eProd to host a one-hour webinar that you might be interested in! E-Prod has developed an affordable ICT platform, or ERP, to manage agricultural supply chains.  You will get a chance to understand the innovative solutions offered by eProd, ranging from farmer registration, to production contracts, field inspections, collections, training, communication, payments, traceability, weather information, among others.  Currently 75 clients use eProd to source from about 250,000 small scale farmers in 10 African countries.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday September 10th, 2020 from 2.00pm – 3.00 pm. (Note: this event was rescheduled and initially planned on 3rd September 2020)

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11 Aug 2020

Webinar Announcement – Digital solutions for Supply Chain Management

Digital solutions for Supply Chain Management in the agricultural sector are more important than ever, especially now COVID-19 is making it even more difficult to source from small scale farmers. In collaboration with eProd Solutions the Africa Agribusiness Academy organizes a webinar to demonstrate practically various features of the eProd ERP platform. During a two hour webinar some of the topics covered will be: farmer and field registration (including capturing field GPS locations), field inspections, loan management (including credit scoring and automated repayment via product deliveries), produce collection, quality-based payment and produce traceability, reporting and M&E activities, communication with the farmers including automated weather forecast and production advise.

When: 12th August 2020, from 15:00 to 17:00 EAT

How to register: Grace Mhina via grace.mhina@aa-academy.org or call +255 768 266 382, www.aa-academy.org

About AAC: The Africa Agribusiness Academy stimulates and supports entrepreneurship toward increased food security in Africa. READ MORE

30 Jun 2020

Market Systems Development approach and COVID-19: Why payment based on quality is essential

The current health crisis is turning into an economic crisis and food adulterations are at risk.   The importance of food safety is easily pushed to the background when food security becomes an issue. “With all the additional challenges during the COVID-19 the ‘invisible hand of the market’ is more important than ever and only a Market Systems Development approach can guarantee aggregating the required volumes of quality products for traders and food processors”, says Jan Willem van Casteren, Technical Director at eProd Solutions.


Calculate the product price based on a set of quality indicators

eProd offers multiple options to generate payment based on quality. Each parameter has its own rules to correct the product price, based on set conditions, threshold values and actions. Actions can be monetary, for example, a bonus or fine, but could also be an automated warning. Multiple quality parameters can interact based on flexible algorithms that can be pre-set and correct product prices automatically. For example, a premium price of 1 shilling per kg milk when butter fat is above 4.0%. However, in case the milk batch is sour the lot will be rejected.  Most important is a transparent communication towards the producers. They likely knew about the quality issues, but now they know that the buyer is also aware. Moreover, the quality issues are recorded and appear on the payment overview or in an SMS message from the buyer to the producer.  READ MORE

26 Jun 2020

Digital solutions working for agribusinesses: Exploring the value of digital solutions

Mrs. Fiona Lukwago, manager advisory services at Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, AECF, and moderator of the webinar series on adapting to COVID-19 disruptions. This webinar will demystify the value of digital solutions in addressing disruptions caused by COVID-19. The need for digital solutions has been accelerated by the outbreak of COVID-19, with several actors in the agricultural value chains embracing them to foster social distancing and beat restrictions embraced by governments to curb the spread of the disease. Businesses are however asking themselves the fundamental questions:

  1. How do I know if digital solutions will indeed bring more value to my business? Do they work for all SMEs?
  2. Which digital solutions are working well and what does it take to adopt digitalization?
  3. How do digital solutions contribute to business continuity during this COVID-19?

Mrs. Naoko Koyama-Blanc, Partner and Regional Director for Africa at Dalberg Advisors is the main speaker. Dalberg Advisors is a consultancy firm specialized in advising on digitalization solutions for the agricultural sector in developing countries and led the CTA study:  The Digitalization of African Agriculture Report, 2018 – 2019.READ MORE

19 May 2020

Supporting Farmers With Low-Cost Digital Tools During Covid-19


Presented By: ICT4D Conference Webinar Series May 19, 2020 at 10:00AM (US East Coast)

The current COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges but is also creates many opportunities, for example for the introduction of digital tools for buyers to their supply chains with small scale farmers. During this webinar, part of the virtual edition of the ICT4D Conference and ongoing ICT4D webinar series, you will hear about low cost digital and mobile technologies to support farmers under these unprecedented circumstances.READ MORE

17 Apr 2020

Managing the Agri Food Sector in Unprecedented Times.

Managing the Agri Food Sector in Unprecedented Times…

The Covid-19 crisis is affecting the agricultural sector in unprecedented ways and it is time for rethinking our whole food supply ecosystem. How can ICT enhance and secure supply chains? Jan Willem van Casteren, director at eProd Solutions will present at the new AAC Spotlight Virtual Events Series.READ MORE