Featured Wellspring projects

Interim CEO for CIEL
  • Penny Hayler

Interim CEO for CIEL

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.

East Africa Industry Development with Msingi
  • Penny Hayler

East Africa Industry Development with Msingi

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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Maize Milling Investment in Mozambique
13,500 smallholder farmers will have access to improved inputs and linkages to reliable markets
  • Michael Shaw

Maize Milling Investment in Mozambique

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

What would a genuinely African system of business learning look like?

We are currently engaged in an action-research exercise aimed at developing a self-funding system to build capacity among rural businesses, working with Kenya Markets Trust and the Open University in the UK.

Things are going well and we are beginning to see what a genuinely African version of open and distance learning for small businesses might look like. One that operates at scale and very low cost; that builds on existing groups; and that tackles the daily challenges…

Tea Production in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania
  • Michael Shaw

Tea Production in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania

For the past 12 months Wellspring has been contracted by the Chai Project, managed and funded by the Wood Family Trust in partnership with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. The assignment was to assist with the restructuring and change management process of an out-grower tea producer association with 15,000 members connected to a large tea processing factory in Southern Tanzania.