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Magos Farm Enterprises Limited Lead Firm Profile

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Magos Farm Enterprises Limited Lead Firm Profile
Magos Farm Enterprise Limited (MFEL) is a farm input and output supplier incorporated in 2016 that works with farmers in Kenya and Uganda operating in the sorghum, passion fruit, rice and legume value chains. In rice specifically, MFEL works with farmers in Kisumu, Siaya and Busia counties. As a farm input supplier MFEL is an agent of major chemical/seed companies and equipment manufacturers. MFEL is a distributor for farm inputs to over 35 agro-dealers in Western region. MFEL also provides agronomical services through their agronomists including one of its directors.
Through its collaboration with MEDA as part of the M-SAWA project, MFEL aims to support 1,000 SEs (M500, F500) in Kisumu and Busia counties to improve the quality and quantity of rice produced while linking rice farmers to end markets. This will be accomplished through supporting rice farmers to ensure reduction in losses due to diseases and pest control as well as sensitizing farmers on good agricultural practices (GAP) to improve quality and quantity of rice produced. In addition, MFEL sensitizes and encourages adoption of appropriate technologies and enhances market linkages for rice farmers.

Ando Roofing Products Ltd. Case Study

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Ando Roofing Products Ltd. Case Study
Ms. Jane Kaburu manages Ando Roofing Products Ltd. (Ando), a growing construction company supplying roofing tiles and accessories to individuals and construction companies across Kenya. In recent years Ando has experienced increasing customer demand for its products. To keep pace with customer orders, Ms. Kaburu needed additional working capital to ensure sufficient stock levels. Despite Ando’s impressive business performance, Ms. Kaburu was unable to acquire external finance to support her company’s growth. Private equity funds and traditional banks perceived Ando’s female leadership, irregular cashflows and lack of collateral as too risky.

Mace Foods Lead Firm Profile

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Mace Foods Lead Firm Profile

MACE Foods Limited (MFL) is a private limited company in Kenya incorporated in January 2002. MFL is involved in promoting the production, processing and marketing of African Birds Eye Chilies (ABE), Long Cayenne Chilies (LC) and Traditional African Leafy Vegetables, targeting product sales in the local, regional and export markets. MFL works with a network of over 3,800 smallholder farmers (SHF) in the Rift valley, Western, Nyanza, Central, Eastern and Coast regions of Kenya producing ABE chilies. The company works through registered farmer groups, community-based organization and service providers. All farmers are recruited, trained and formally contracted.

Smart Logistics Lead Firm Profile

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Smart Logistics Lead Firm Profile
Smart Logistics Limited (SL) began operations in 2009 as a limited company founded by Mrs. Rose Mutuku. The company’s agribusiness operations support 5,000+ farmers to achieve maximum production of legumes and cereals, which they then aggregate, complete value addition and distribute to domestic and export markets. They also provide extension, logistics and other services to SEs. The company utilizes a Community Production and Marketing System (COPMAS); an out-grower production model that strengthens grassroots farmers groups to increase their members’ production capacity and actively participate in the marketing process.

Lead Firm vs Small Entrepreneur centric Value Chain Methods

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Lead Firm vs Small Entrepreneur centric Value Chain Methods
Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has expressed interest in better understanding the ‘Lead Firm-centric Value Chain Development’ (“LF-VCD”) method as reflected in the approved Proposals and Project Implementation Plans (PIPs) for newly launched projects in Kenya and Tanzania and how this approach differs from the value chain development approach GAC is accustomed to seeing in the projects it funds, including others implemented by MEDA. This is referred to herein as the ‘Small Entrepreneur-centric Value Chain Development’ (“SE-VCD”) method. This paper first identifies how MEDA defines the term ‘Lead Firm’ and then describes the differences between these two methods and the reasoning for preferring, at times, to apply one rather than the other.