Generic value chain: Smallholder dry land food grains; Specific value chain:
Name: AIIC 14 Sorghum Value Chain Development Consortium (SVCDC)
Vision: Transformed livelihoods in arid and semi arid lands communities through
agribusiness innovation and entrepreneurship.
Business model: SVCDC will utilize scientific and technological outcomes of research,
innovation and training to promote agribusinesses. The products and services of the
incubator will be client driven and tailored to fit the market needs. This will be
underpinned by market research to identify gaps and opportunities in the sorghum value
chain. Incubatees will be directly linked to the clients within the consortium and a clear
communication pathway will be in place. The incubator will handhold and mentor its
clients and incubatees, with the aim of having high impact at farm level. The sorghum
value chains offers opportunities for meeting the increasing demand for food, feed and
energy. Sorghum is the crop of choice owing to its multiple uses as food (grain), fuel (stalk
juice) and fodder (stalk, bagasse) and its widespread production throughout Kenya and the
Summary business plan: Sorghum value chains
SVCDC is hosted at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) but
is run autonomously in a public-private partnership comprised of: JKUAT, Kenya
Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), Pipal, Agritrace and Farming Support
The incubator targets poor rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa particularly Kenya.
Among the rural poor, priority will be given to farmers’ groups, disadvantaged groups such
as women and youth, agribusiness graduates who have potential entrepreneurship skills,
SMEs who have the potential of becoming mega-industries, among others.
The main purpose of the SVCDC is to stimulate agribusiness partnerships to enhance
commercialization of sorghum and its value added products for sustainable livelihoods
through innovative scientific and technological approaches. The consortium main goals are:
Create strong linkages between Universities, Research Institutions, Private and
Public Sectors to ensure that innovative interventions from the Incubator
Consortium are up scaled and disseminated to the end users in a timely and
Produce agribusiness graduates with hands-on experience, better communication,
systems and team skills to drive the agribusiness value chains.
Develop a successful sorghum agribusiness innovation incubator consortium that
can be adopted as a model in developing value chains for other indigenous crops.
Provide a One-stop Advisory Service Centre for private–public sectors engagement
with Universities, Research Institutions and primary raw materials producers
leading to enhanced value chain systems, job and wealth creation, reduced pollution
and environmental sustainability.
The Incubator will continually benefits from utilizing scientific and technological outcomes
of research, innovation and training in the agribusiness.
SVCDC’s projected loss or surplus before taxes are year 1 US$ (59,194), US$ year 2
(14,784), year 3 US$ 54,588 and year 4 US$ 106,308.
Contact person: Prof. Mabel Imbuga, Vice Chancellor, JKUAT
P.O Box 62000-00200, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 254-067 52181 Fax. 254-067 52164
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