O-Farms: making the most of food

O-Farms is a business accelerator program with the goal of making circularity a mainstream approach for improved rural livelihoods and sustainability


IKEA Foundation
Village Capital


Inclusive Business Empowerment
Circular Economy


Nutrition and Agriculture




2021 to 2023

Making circular agriculture common practice

The demand for food products in East Africa is steadily increasing. At the same time, the current footprint of food production is getting too high compared to the finite resources the planet possesses for the production of food. This calls for a shift from a linear approach to food production to a circular approach. The adoption of circular approaches to food production however is going slow. 

We believe that the driving force to change this lies with food producing SMEs, who produce most of the food. When we can inspire and capacitate this group to work in an innovative way on circular food production, we believe we can contribute to making circularity a mainstream approach to food production in East-Africa. This will not only make food production in the region future-proof, it will also create new economic opportunities for the private sector.


Bringing 40 new circular food products to market

40 companies supported

On bringing circular innovation to market

40 new circular food products available

For low-income consumers in East Africa

Encouraging circular innovation

Making the most of food! We will call upon local SMEs to think of new ways to valorize agribusiness waste streams in such a way that they make economic sense ánd bring back essential nutrients at the highest possible level of utilization. Think of whey being used to increase the nutritional value of yoghurt drinks or creating new food products from rice husks and rice bran. 






What makes this project stand out is that it’s the first of its kind in East-Africa. Not ever before have food producing SMEs in the region been challenged like this, and at this scale, to make their business models circular. We hope that the ripple effect that this will have on the wider sector can provide the future tipping point for moving from linear to circular food production!

Niek van Dijk, Program Manager Bopinc
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Rutger Bults
Peter Byemaro

Project milestones


In Ethiopia and Kenya, we will gather deep insights into the state of circular agribusiness


Based on these insights, together with 40 SMEs in both countries we will define how they can strengthen their circular agribusiness proposition


With the 40 SMEs we will develop and implement action plans on how best they can bring their circular agribusiness proposition to life and make it scale


Ultimately, these 40 SMEs will deliver game-changing new business models for circular agribusiness.



O-Farms: the first African SME accelerator completely focused on circular agribusiness

For further information on this initiative, download a copy of the O-Farms brochure below.