Somali AgriFood Fund

A seed capital matching investment fund focused on driving diaspora investments into Somali agriculture and rural businesses

About

History

In March 2013, IFAD launched a new project called Enhancing Food Security in the Horn of Africa through Diaspora Investment in Agriculture Programme. The goal of the project was to facilitate the financing of  businesses in the food and agricultural sector throughout all regions of Somalia and to engage the diaspora as a source of finance for small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) business development.


Purpose

Economic Development

Promoting the improvement of the Somali well-being through new innovations

Job Creation

Providing new opportunities for paid employment thorughout Somalia

Enhance Food Security

Increasing access to sufficient, safe, and nutrious food

Impact

TOTAL LEVERAGED CAPITAL: $2,285,615

Companies Funded

Investors

Seasonal Jobs Created

Full-time Jobs Created


TOTAL DIASPORA INVESTMENT: $992,640

 

INDUSTRIES SUPPORTED

 

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Fishing

The Fund supported investments in fishing vessels, cold storage facilities, refrigerated transport and blast freezing equipment.

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Agriculture

The Fund supported investments in equipment for: cultivation, harvesting, post-harvest handling, cold storage, greenhouse farming and solar irrigation systems.

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Food processing

The AgriFood Fund supported investment in processing equipment, packaging and cold storage facilities.

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Livestock

The Fund supported investments in large equipment for: dairy processing, transport, as well as solar irrigation systems and accessible water infrastructure.


Somali Diaspora Investment Survey Report

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