Success stories and Background information
Background Information Success Stories
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is an Africa-based international research-for-development organization, established in 1967, and governed by a board of trustees. Our vision is to be Africa’s leading research partner in finding solutions for hunger and poverty. We have more than 100 international scientists based in various IITA stations across Africa. This network of scientists is dedicated to the development of technologies that reduce producer and consumer risk, increase local production, and generate wealth.
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Africa Rice Center (WARDA) is the premier research Center for rice development in sub-Saharan Africa. It also serves as a hub for rice-related R&D networks in the region. The New Rice for Africa (NERICA), which is bringing hope to millions of poor people in Africa, was developed by WARDA and its partners. The success of the NERICA rice varieties has helped shape the Center’s future direction, extending its horizon beyond West and Central Africa into Eastern and Southern Africa.NERICA is a technology from Africa for Africa. It is perfectly adapted to the harsh growing environment and low-input conditions of upland rice ecologies in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where smallholder farmers lack the means to irrigate and apply chemical fertilizers or pesticides. It responds even better to higher inputs.
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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality science and capacity-building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI works in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean, with offices in East and West Africa, South and Southeast Asia, China and Central America, and projects in Southern Africa, North Africa and the Near East.ILRI is a non-profit-making and non-governmental organization with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and a second principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We employ over 700 staff from about 40 countries. About 80 staff are recruited through international competitions and represent some 30 disciplines. Around 600 staff are nationally recruited, largely from Kenya and Ethiopia.
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World Agroforestry Centre Our vision is an 'agroforestry transformation' in the developing world resulting in a massive increase in the use of working trees on working landscapes by smallholder rural households that helps ensure security in food, nutrition, income, health, shelter and energy and a regenerated environment.
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The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is a not-for-profit foundation that is designed to facilitate public-private partnerships for the access and delivery of appropriate technologies to the resource-poor smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. Its mission is food security and poverty reduction, and its structure and operations draw upon the best practices and resources of both the public and private sectors. In pursuing its mission, the AATF links the needs of resource-poor farmers with potential technological solutions.
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Rwenzori Coffee Company was founded in 2002 by Andrew Rugasira, a Ugandan entrepreneur. Rwenzori and its network of coffee growers throughout the country have created a range of quality Arabica coffees to compete in the world market. We recognise growers, employees, shareholders and the environment as primary stakeholders. Together they represent our quadruple bottom line.
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Nigeria is presently striving to build a strong, virile and highly competitive, market-oriented and technology-driven national economy; and in such an open and caring economy, popular participation in economic affairs is not only necessary but becomes highly imperative. Given the very low capital base of the generality of the populace however, government recognizes the importance of viable cooperatives, as one of the vehicles for economic empowerment and popular participation, hence the policy of the government to build an enduring partnership with the Co-operative Movement for the realization of our common national objectives of economic growth and sustainable social development. This necessitated the formation of NIGERIAN INVESTMENT CO-OPERATIVE AGENCY LIMITED by the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, through the Department of Co-Operatives of its Ministry of Agriculture to serve the divergent social, economic and agro-allied needs of the economy.
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As Nigeria's leading commercial hatchery, Durante Fish Industries Ltd has gained its reputation for quality and consistency. In cooperation with its strategic partners, Durante Fish is the largest fish hatchery of Nigeria. Durante supplys fingerlings of catfish and all male tilapia directly to fish farmers. Their Farms in Ibadan and Oyo produce catfish and Tilapia for the market. Supplying high quality feeds and fish farming equipments, Durante Fish provides consultancy services in grow out system design, operation and management. A full technical back up service is offered to all customers.
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The Highland Tea Company, LLC was founded by Watiri and Wanja Michuki, Kenyan mother and daughter, to wholesale and retail Kenyan specialty teas.

Watiri is a member of the small-scale farming community that collectively grows most of Kenya’s tea. She planted the first seedlings on her beautiful 30-acre tea garden (pictured below), which she affectionately called ‘Karurumo’- meaning 'Little Treasure' in the Kikuyu language. In 1991, she incorporated The Highland Tea Company in Kenya with a mission to grow and distribute only the finest premium teas and, in the process, provide her children with a solid education.

After graduating from Columbia Business School in New York in 2002, Wanja established the company's presence in the United States. Watiri and Wanja's dream is to support the economic development of local tea farmers by distributing Kenyan premium teas all over the world.

The Highland Tea Company is also a proud member of the Specialty Tea Institute (STI), a division of the Tea Association of the USA.
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Mwanaka Fresh Farm Foods is the brainchild of David Wilfred Mwanaka, an award winning writer and journalist. Born in Zimbabwe, David grew up eating white maize. When he came to Britain in the early 1990's David was surprised to know that white maize was not grown or even known of in the country. He missed eating white maize so much that he thought of growing the crop himself.

David then started carrying out trials of growing white maize. After about six years, David was confident he could grow white maize commercially in Britain, and that's how it all started. Helped by his wife Brenda and their three children Jonathan, Ruth and Miriam, the family grows white maize at a farm just outside London. Apart from white maize they also grow a number of exotic crops which include choumoellier (kale), pumpkins, pumpkin leaves for muboora / bhobola, some rare cucumbers, rape, mustard (tsunga) and butternuts.For more information, please visit

Agrienviron is a multidisciplinary consulting and development-oriented company in agriculture and the environment. It is also a company with an international focus on Africa and her development problems. While the company is physically located in England – with a branch in Sierra Leone at the moment – its directors and base of professional service providers are all people from Africa or with long-term practical experience of working in Africa, all people with a strong sense of commitment to improving African livelihoods and African economies. As her vision statement says, Agrienviron is about effecting change thereby making a difference in sustainable production through persistent and diligent endeavours as stewards of the land-based industries in a constantly changing Global Ecosystem. Its mission is to “…bridge the gap between policies, new scientific and technological innovations and their application, at the grass-roots level, in front-line production, through the delivery of cost effective and sustainable services or solutions to our clients.

Agrienviron was established in 1995 as a sole trader in the UK, Agrienviron had an interregnum prior to her re-launch in 2004 (in a partnership with Grassroots Consultants, Freetown, SL) and subsequent incorporation in 2005, as a limited liability company, in Sierra Leone and the UK respectively. Since then the company has experienced considerable growth in the accomplishment of her vision and mission with the establishment of a branch at Njala University, Sierra Leone – School of Environmental Sciences – and a portfolio of development projects and contracts for private businesses and local governments in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and UK.

Company Mandate

To exploit to Africa’s advantage, a particular component of the African Diaspora – namely, the Diaspora’s potential to mobilize, for Africa, the requite scientific, technological and financial resources and expertise that could enhance sustainable development in the sectors of agriculture and the environment, but with particular emphasis on rural development and small holder farmers inter-alia. To this end, Agrienviron has identified a business approach, and in particular private-public partnership, as a purveyor of these ideas. She has already established partnerships with some American and EU manufacturing and consulting companies – E.g. CIMTech Inc. (US), Jacob-Gibbs Engineering Consulting (UK), AGECO Environmental Consulting (Belgium), COMITOASSOCIATI (Italy) – to mention a few, as part of her business plan to effect positive changes.

Her four principal directors – Prof. Kingston Nyamapfene (Non-Executive Director and currently Dean of International Programmes, New York State University, USA), Prof. Harry Turay, Dr. Bashiru Koroma (Associate Interim Director and HOD, School of Environmental Sciences, Njala University College, Sierra Leone) and Dr. Peter Turay (founder of Agrienviron) – bring together, collectively, close to 100 years of varied African experience in Agriculture and the Environment. Their collective experience covers such areas as land-use planning, arable crop farming, and assessment of land suitability for construction, irrigation, agricultural water quality, pre-investment feasibility studies, including, environmental impact assessment and research and policy development in related areas. They have all played significant roles as consultants to numerous local, regional and international development agencies, such as Christian Aid, CIDA, DANCED, ECOWAS, FINNIDA, GTZ, NORAD, SADC, the World Bank, USAID, amongst many others. For further information, please visit