Wellspring are currently supporting the Chai Programme on various national level tea sector investments and development projects.
The Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) was incorporated in 2016.
From cell to system, CIEL delivers global leading livestock production and product quality research to deliver improved food quality and farming systems.
CIEL provides a focused gateway to a core of 12 world-class research institutes including veterinary schools, researchers and facilities to develop new industry-needed solutions as well as commercial trial farms for real world results.
Wellspring are assisted CIEL establish its operations and medium term strategy, with Michael Shaw acting as Interim CEO.
Michael Shaw is providing Interim Director support to the Gatsby and DfID funded Msingi in East Africa. The fund has recently approved a bold new strategy developed with assistance from Wellspring and led by Mike Shaw to invest significantly into East Africa’s aquaculture sector to accelerate growth and transform the sector.
Mike Shaw is currently providing services as a senior adviser to the \Gatsby Charitable Foundation\‘s\ Africa team with a particular current focus on the development of a new East African institution called Msingi.
Msingi is an ambitious and innovative new East African industry development organisation aiming to contribute to the structural transformation of East Africa’s economies by supporting the growth of industries with high potential for competitiveness in the region.
The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) have committed GBP 30 million in total to fund Msingi’s first 5 years, and Gatsby is in the process of setting up the organisation through 2015.
Mike is helping Msingi primarily with appraisal and strategy development for potential work in the East African aquaculture, soybean, livestock feeds and broader white protein agricultural sub-sectors.
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Michael Shaw has provided advice on a series of potential investments for CEPA / World Bank (IFC) into the poultry value chain in Mozambique – specifically looking at poultry companies, soybean producers, oilseed millers/crushers, feed companies and day old chick production.
Michael Shaw has recently completed pre-feasibility investment studies and due diligence for a potential tea sector investment in Tanzania on behalf of AgDevCo. For one year, Michael held the role of Country Director for AgDevCo Tanzania Ltd based in Dar es Salaam and is now consulting for AgDevCo on their projects and investments in East and Southern Africa.
Empresa de Comercialização Agrícola Ltd (ECA) is a market-oriented extension programme boosting the incomes of smallholder farmers near Chimoio in the Sofala Province of Mozambique. ECA supplies inputs on credit and provides extension advice, engaging farmers with individual land holdings of 0.5 to 2 hectares.
Reporting to AgDevCo/BAGC and the Senior Management Team of ECA, Wellspring were asked to project manage the development of a business/project plan, financial model and due diligence for further investment into a downstream Maize Grits and Flour Milling operation.
The investment was approved and as a result over 13,500 smallholder farmers will have access to improved inputs and linked to reliable markets, providing incremental incomes of $10.1 million over the first seven years of the project.
Michael Shaw has accepted an Executive Director position with AgDevCo, a long standing Wellspring client. AgDevCo has more than $140 million of funds under management and to date has made >40 investments, with individual deals ranging in size from $250,000 to $10million. Michael will be Executive Director and Country Director for Tanzania. The Tanzania portfolio currently has commitments of $30.8 million.
Co-funded by bilateral donors, Kenyan businesses and NGOs, we have carried out detailed field research and completed a market report on Northern Kenya’s livestock input markets titled ‘Time for change: The impact of recent livestock emergency interventions on the future of sustainable service delivery in Northern Kenya’.
On behalf of AgDevCo, Mount Meru and Syngenta, our team has carried out a pre-feasibility study to assess the potential for large-scale edible oil processing plant(s) in Mozambique and Malawi. It included the analysis of raw material supply (soya, sunflower, cottonseed), processing economics, logistics and regional markets for oil and cake.