aBi Trust


Value Chain Development

The aBi Trust strategy supports market-driven enterprises using a value chain approach for specific commodity groups (sub sectors) where six value chains are being supported. These include: maize; pulses, coffee, oilseeds, Horticulture and Dairy.

Both technical and financial support is extended to actors for improved efficiency, effectiveness and competitiveness. VCD supports those aspects that alleviate obstacles which would hinder the smooth flow of produce from production to the final consumers.

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Partnerships under VCD

The Trust supports Farmer Organisations (FOs), NGOs and SMEs in interventions that promote agribusiness development to improve the competitiveness and the productivity of the commodity sectors. It enables them improve opportunities to access financial services and markets for business opportunities. VCD support to implementing partners is through professional service providers, cost-share grants, and linkages to market and financial institutions. The support is provided within the following areas;

Increased demand and availability of farm inputs

Support to awareness creation on benefits of agro-inputs (seeds, herbicides etc.) to farmers, and processors, and support to suppliers to improve supply of agro-inputs by developing a distribution system.

Increased farmer and enterprise performance

Support to the increase in demand and availability of appropriate agribusiness services to enable improvement of the performance for farmers and enterprises.

Increased access to new markets

Support to Farmer Organisations (FOs), NGOs and SMEs by building their capabilities to become competitive in the market through promotion of products, provision of market information as well as collective marketing.

Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary & Quality Management Systems (SPS&QMS)

To increase trade opportunities, aBi Trust through SPS&QMS is supporting FOs and SMEs improve compliance in areas of SPS standards and market quality requirement. The support enables producers, processors and traders comply with both food safety and SPS requirements.

aBi’s partnerships in VCD target specific value chain actors to strengthen the value chains.  The actors are basically two types; farmer households and firms/SMEs.