The Global Agri-business Alliance

  • 19th September 2016
  • by secretary
15 September 2016. Singapore. Global Agri-business Alliance (GAA), a newly formed CEO-led private sector initiative, announced its goal to contribute to the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). GAA is specifically focusing on SDG 2: end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

By 2030, GAA, a group of 36 agri-businesses (see full list) that includes Bidco Africa Ltd., Flour Mills of Nigeria, Olam International and Wilmar International Ltd. hopes to have made an impact on major environmental and social challenges facing agricultural supply chains and rural communities across the world. The companies already involved are headquartered across the world with representation from Africa, Asia, Australia, U.S. and South America. The companies involved currently work in multiple commodities, including grains, dairy, edible nuts, edible oils, pulses, rubber, sugar and agro-chemicals.

“The Global Agri-business Alliance is a major step in aligning this critical sector behind the Sustainable Development Goals. We know the SDGs cannot be achieved without business and we must all go beyond our own individual supply chains toward broader sector wide and value chain approaches. The alliance can catalyze likeminded businesses and collaborate with other business platforms to deliver the positive impact the world needs.” Paul Polman, chief executive officer (CEO) of Unilever, and a member of the SDG Advocacy Group

16 September 2016. NAIROBI. Bidco Africa has entered into strategic partnerships to support

Vimal Shah, 

Chief Executive Officer Bidco Africa 

thousands of young and women entrepreneurs take advantage of agri-business opportunities.

In an MoU with the KCB Foundation at least 1,000 youths will access guaranteed oil seed markets and another will receive 1,500 internship opportunities. Bidco also signed additional MoUs with the African Women Entrepreneurship Program AWEP and the Vision 2030 Youth Entrepreneurship Associates. AWEP has a membership of 30,000 who will be mobilized to plant oil seeds for Bidco while the Vision 2030 group will engage 10,000 of their members every year for the next five years.

The partnership with KCB is part of KCB’s Sh50 billion Jiajiri programme. It will provide 1,000 entrepreneurs every year with training, technical support and market linkages. KCB Foundation will do the technical capacity building and Bidco will provide a guaranteed market for the entrepreneurs’ products in its sunflower and soya value chains.