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Investing in High Quality Cassava Flour

Investing in High Quality Cassava Flour

Since 2009 Wellspring has consulted for Universal Industries Ltd and partnered on development of investments into new processing plants that add value to locally produced agricultural commodities for export.

We are delighted that Universal have recently announced the opening of their bold and innovative new High Quality Cassava Flour processing plant which takes locally grown Cassava and processes it into a flour used both as a starch for export to regional packaging companies, and as a wheat flour import substitute for biscuits, local bakers and nutritional food products.

Bio-acaricide Market Research

Bio-acaricide Market Research

Supported by DfID, the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and Nairobi-based commercial partners Real IPM contracted Wellspring to explore the acaricides (tick killing) market in Kenya to help guide planning for a new, non-chemical product to one day hit the market.

Current acaricides are losing their impact, farmers are desperate to prevent tick-borne diseases (mainly East Coast Fever) & cattle are increasingly valuable to Kenya’s growing, urbanising economy. “Kenya wants a new solution”, was the sentiment repeated by farmers, shopkeepers and distributors alike.

Improved strategies for linking markets to large numbers of farmers

Improved strategies for linking markets to large numbers of farmers

We’re excited to be kicking off an assignment with Farm Africa, working on new and improved strategies for linking markets to large numbers of farmers. Farm Africa are good at introducing new technologies, changing behaviour and improving production at farm level in the crops, fisheries, livestock and forestry sectors. They recently incubated the Sidai franchise, a business with a network of centres to provide high-quality livestock services in rural Kenya

Kuroiler Poultry Genetics in Uganda

On behalf of our client, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we have carried out market analysis and business case development for the commercial production and distribution of new Kuroiler poultry genetics into the MSME sector in Uganda.

ALICE 2013

Michael Shaw will be a Keynote Speaker at the African Livestock Conference and Exhibition (ALICE 2013) in Nairobi on Thursday, June 27th 2013. He will be speaking about new modes of finance to develop Africa’s livestock sector.

Investing in Social Outcomes - Development Impact Bonds

Investing in Social Outcomes - Development Impact Bonds

Development Impact Bonds (DIB) are an innovative mechanism where investors provide finance for social interventions in developing countries. Read the latest report and find out how Wellspring have been involved.

Gold Top Business Sold

Gold Top Business Sold

Wellspring successfully exited our social investment into the ‘Gold Top’ honey business earlier this month. The company now exports to South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as nationwide in Malawi under its new South African ownership.

IDC Inquiry - Development Situation in Malawi & Zambia

Michael has advised the committee senior clerk and contributed memorandum to the International Development Committee (IDC) inquiry focusing on the Development Situation in Malawi and Zambia and how the UK (DfID) could best help improve opportunities for economic growth and job creation.

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