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Agribusiness Incubator’s Workshop

6 - 7 August 2010

The Agribusiness Incubator’s workshop is part of an ongoing collaborative project that ATPS is involved in on Universities, Business and Research in Agricultural INnovation (UniBRAIN).

The UniBRAIN project is an initiative funded by The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/DANIDA, which aims to develop innovation and entrepreneurship derived jobs in the agricultural sector to be created through partnerships between universities, research institutions and the private sector. The major components of the project are:

  1. Promoting innovation through the establishment of university-led agribusiness incubators in DANIDA priority countries. These are in Eastern Africa in the ASARECA sub-region: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania; in West Africa in the CORAF/WECARD: sub-region: Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana; in Southern African in the SADC sub-region: Mozambique and Zambia.
  2. Supporting graduate training in entrepreneurial and business skills.
  3. Advancing graduate research-based knowledge that is relevant to the development of African agriculture and agribusinesses.

The implementation of UniBRAIN project is facilitated by a team of institutions in which each member has, by virtue of its mandate and accomplishments, responsibilities for facilitating the involvement of particular categories of collaborating institutions. The UniBRAIn Team (UT) is led by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in partnership with the African Network for Agriculture, Agro forestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE), the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) and the Pan African Agribusiness Consortium (PanAAC). Specifically, the ATPS role in the partnership is to provide guidance on the establishment, management and operation of agribusiness incubators.

In order to fulfil the programmes objectives, visits to existing incubators in some selected DANIDA priority countries have been organized. Furthermore, in order to learn from successful incubators the ATPS had also organized visits and contacts to Agribusiness incubators in Denmark, Cambridge, Egypt and South Africa. The workshop is therefore expected to bring together these stakeholders to interact with one another and forge links that will contribute to the success of the UniBRAIN initiative.

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