O-Farms

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

Partners

IKEA Foundation
Village Capital

Expertise

Inclusive Business Empowerment
Circular Economy

Sectors

Nutrition and Agriculture

Markets

Kenya
Ethiopia
Uganda

Timeline

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.

Impact

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 valorise agribusiness waste streams in such a way that they make economic sense and bring back essential nutrients at the highest possible level of utilisation. Think of whey being used to increase the nutritional value of yoghurt drinks or creating new food products from rice husks and rice bran. 

 

 

 

 

 

As the first implementing accelerator of the O-Farms program, we believe that the program is a catalyst contributing to structuring agri-circularity in Kenya. The first cohort has access to a tailored circularity curriculum, which will help them define their circular solutions, strengthen their business models, access finance, and form a founding community fighting for better circular economy adoption and supportive laws and legislation. This locally-led cohort will undoubtedly give the contextualised support that African businesses require to grow and scale.

Isabella Tenai, Accelerator Manager, E4Impact
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Gerwin Jansen
Rose Nduta
Timeline

Project milestones

Discover

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

Define

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

Develop

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

Deliver

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

Downloads

Resources

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

A general overview on the O-Farms program. To download a copy, follow the link below.

O-Farms: Scoping the circular agribusiness potential of East Africa

Our study into the circular agribusiness potential of Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. To access our research reports and factsheet, follow the link below.