Agriculture and Food Security

Put simply, agriculture drives development. Agriculture today accounts for 10% of global economic output and provides livelihoods for more than 2 billion people in low and middle-income countries. Our experience ranges from analyzing and improving agricultural value chains, to increasing public and private investments into the sector, and establishing inclusive supply chains. A significant proportion of our work focuses on understanding, empowering, and advocating for smallholder farmers. 



Rhobhi Matinyi

Rhobhi Matinyi is an Associate Partner in Dalberg’s Johannesburg office where she works with the private sector, governments, donor agencies and major foundations on strategic planning, market entry and growth strategies, performance evaluation and implementation. Rhobhi’s area of specialty is healthcare, and she also has extensive experience in financial inclusion, agriculture, and education and youth employment. 



Layusa Isa-Odidi

Layusa Isa-Odidi is an Associate Partner leading Dalberg’s presence in Melbourne, Australia. She focuses on strategic planning and financing across the areas of education, employment, agriculture, and gender. In doing so, she has advised governments, foundations, Fortune 100 companies, multilateral institutions, bilateral donors, and INGOs
 

Adopting a gender lens across all our work

Adopting a Gender Lens to the IDH Smallholder Innovation Platform

 

Adopting a Gender Lens to the IDH Smallholder Innovation Platform



Kristen Schlott

Kristen Schlott is a Creative Lead at Dalberg Design. Based in Nairobi, she has worked for non-profit, for-profit, and multilateral clients to bring human-centered design to the international development field in sectors including agriculture, finance, and youth unemployment. Kristen has made significant contributions to the growth of Dalberg Design’s Nairobi-based practice; sourcing talent and developing internal initiatives to explore new applications of human-centered design for local markets. 



Rym Keramane

Rym is an Associate Partner based in Dakar. Her work covers West and North Africa, and focuses on strategic planning, program design, and implementation. She has experience in inclusive economic development, youth employment and entrepreneurship, agriculture, and ICT.  

IFC – Agriculture value chain investment opportunity scan

  • Dalberg supported the IFC to carry out a mapping and a competitiveness analysis of six agricultural value chains in East and West Africa: coffee, cocoa, cashew, palm oil, cotton and livestock.
  • Dalberg undertook extensive primary and secondary data collection and analysis to map the value chains, assess their competitiveness through establishing regional and international benchmarks, and recommended specific investment and advisory opportunities.
     

KfW – Design and Structuring of the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria

  • Dalberg designed and helped launch the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (FAFIN) on behalf of KfW and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. 
  • The fund concept emerged from a Nigerian SMEs agricultural finance market assessment done by Dalberg. 
  • Afterwards, Dalberg was engaged to design and structure a growth capital fund, supporting fund manager recruitment, and developing operational documents. 
  • Dalberg also helped facilitate fund incorporation and early fundraising processes. 


Trevor Zimmer

Trevor Zimmer is a Director at Dalberg Design where he leads project engagements with public and private sector clients to apply design as a facilitative process and skillset. He believes design better enables teams and organizations to collaborate across disciplines, align interests, contribute to organizational learnings, and identify solutions. His focus is on global health, change management, and new ventures.
 



Matthew MacDevette

Matthew MacDevette is an Associate Partner based in Johannesburg. His work focuses on Southern, East and West Africa and covers various aspects of economic growth and development, including impact investing, donor-led facilitation of private investment, inclusive business and shared value, youth employment, and SME development.

Matthew’s work spans a range of public and private sector clients both within and outside sub-Saharan Africa, and includes sectors such as manufacturing, financial services, agriculture, healthcare, and energy. 



Shyam Sundaram

Shyam Sundaram is an Associate Partner at Dalberg Advisors and Director of the Washington DC office. Shyam leads our global Talent, Training and Leadership practice area – working with mission-driven organizations and firms to find the best strategies and approaches to attract, activate and unleash their organizational talent. Shyam also leads much of our work on strategy and organizational effectiveness and helps clients define a vision, identify optimal organizational structures, and facilitates effective change management processes for large and complex organizations.