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Wellspring is a consulting company focused primarily on development of agricultural market systems and businesses. We work alongside private, public and third-sector partners providing project development and strategy consulting, interim senior management services and investment advice.

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How to double the market for Nitrogen fixation technologies in Africa
  • Jennifer Dudfield

How to double the market for Nitrogen fixation technologies in Africa

As part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded N2 Africa project, Wellspring are assisting with the development of a “go-to-market” strategy for the existing assets on rhizobial inoculants in African agriculture. Wellspring is evaluating the piloting of inoculant supply to smallholder farmers across 11 countries, assessing business cases for investment, potential models to assist with the inoculant supply and the role of investments in the development of supply chains. Using all available data, Wellspring is developing a clear and viable business case for investment in the inoculant supply chain, including local production versus importing, the major bottlenecks to be overcome and any technical barriers to inoculant supply (e.g. product quality, storage and transportation)

Food Trade East Africa
  • Michael Shaw

Food Trade East Africa

Growing structured trade in East and Southern Africa’s staple food crop markets:

Wellspring have been providing senior advisory support to FTESA and DFID, in addition to acting as the DFID nominee on a Joint Technical Committee to review the performance of GSOKO (commodity exchange, warehouse certification, standards) under the East Africa Grains Council (EAGC).

Following this Wellspring and partners at Darhei Noam have worked with a broad range of stakeholders, including rural commodity aggregators, warehouses, large regional offtakers/millers and banks to develop recommendations for new ways of implementing structured trade.

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DFID poultry sector study

Wellspring have recently finished a detailed review for DFID to gain a better understanding of the scope of its current engagement in the poultry sector (chicken and eggs) in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and to develop a strategy and approach that will deliver the intended outcomes of increased sustainable, inclusive growth and improved nutrition. Specifically looking at significant market constraints such as access to finance, inputs (chicks, feed, vet services) and any current health and animal welfare issues. We have proposed a strategy and approach for how DFID should structure their future agricultural programmes in the sector to maximise development impact and sustainability.

Development Finance Study

Wellspring are producing a report on the role DFI and impact financing can play in transforming industrial and agricultural sectors in developing economies, with a particular focus on agriculture in East Africa.

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