Finance, Administration and New Business Development

Africa Harvest puts the right people in the right positions so as to effectively execute its work. Staff members keep abreast with the industry through trainings, workshops etc. It also strives to build and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders. The new Strategic Plan has broken the Finance, Administration and New Business Development program into the following themes:

  • Provide support for project initiation
  • Resource mobilisation
  • Accounting and finance administration
  • Human resources administration
  • Compliance and donor liaison
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Institutional development
  • Institutional policies
  • Coordination of Board of Director’s activities

Donor Profiles

DuPont Pioneer
DuPont Pioneer has funded the Africa Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) Project. Under the funding, the Project has done two seasons of confined field trials of ABS in Kenya and Nigeria; has ongoing ABS gene flow study by the University of Nairobi, Kenya; is establishing local analysis of Pro-vitamin A in ABS at Kenyatta University, Kenya; is publishing guidelines for Confined Field Trails Experimentation for Kenya and Nigeria; applying for ABS 203 CFT permit for ABS experimentation in Kenya and Nigeria; and has completed an assessment of progress in the construction of the biosafety level II greenhouse at INERA in Burkina Faso. For more information on DuPont Pioneer visit: www.pioneer.com


The Nairobi office of AusAID, through the Australia Africa Community Grants Scheme (AACGS) has funded 60 per cent of the first year implementation activities for the project titled ‘Enhancing Food Security and livelihoods through an improved Sorghum value chain in Kenya’. For more information on AusAID visit: www.ausaid.gov.au

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

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ICRISAT in partnership with Africa Harvest initiated the IFAD-funded Development of a Robust Commercially and Sustainable Sorghum for Multiple Uses (SMU) Value Chain in Kenya and Tanzania. The project rationale is to exploit the value chain opportunities and potentials of using sorghum as food, feed and cash income that will contribute to the achievement of food security and poverty reduction. The project facilitated farmer market linkages for the increased production that is beyond the family food needs.
IFAD also funds the ‘Food Security and Ecosystem Management for Sustainable Livelihoods in Arid and Semi Arid Lands of Kenya’ (FOSEMS) project. The grant was made possible by funding from the Italian government, administered through the Italian Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to IFAD, as a response to the Global food crisis of 2008. Activities during the year included consolidating the gains made with the 80 groups that had been formed or identified for strengthening since the project started in July 2010. FOSEMS project entered into its third year of implementation in 2012. For more information on IFAD visit: www.ifad.org

Global Communities (Formally CHF International)

Global Community in partnered with Africa Harvest in implementing the Protecting and Restoring Economic Sustainability to Ensure Reduced Vulnerability Plus (PRESERV+) project in 2012 that was funded by USAID/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), The project worked with 26,600 households to Mitigate cyclical drought-induced food insecurity through sustainable agricultural production and asset protection in Kitui, Mwingi and Thakra. For more information on CHF visit: http://www.chfkenya.org

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

The Regional Sorghum trade project funded by UNDP through the AFIM Catalytic Fund also known as “Accelerating the Commercialisation and Regional Trade in Sorghum by Facilitating Market-Based Linkages Among Value Chain Partners to Increase Productivity and Surplus for Markets in Tanzania and Kenya project,” intends to improve food security and economic potential for smallholder farmers through participation in regional Sorghum trade by targeting 2,000 smallholder farmers, 10 micro and small enterprises in Kenya and Tanzania within 24 months. For more information on UNDP-AFIM visit:

Financial Transaction Reports Analysis Center (FINTRAC)/ USAID

The Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project (KHCP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), promoted the growing of tissue culture bananas in Tetu, Othaya, Nyeri Central, Mukurwe-ini and Mathira, Nyeri county Kenya. The project over arching goal was to promote the production of tissue culture bananas in Nyeri
district and at the same time establish consistent and solid market linkages for the produce. For more information on USAID-KHCP visit: http://www.growkenya.org/partners.aspx

CropLife International (CLI)

CropLife International supports the Communication Program which focuses on increasing awareness about the benefits of biotechnology and to generate and disseminate knowledge to empowers stakeholders including farmers, policy makers, and the public – to make informed decisions about agricultural biotechnology for sustainable development For more information on CLI visit: http://www.croplife.org/