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. 

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 engagement with public and private sector clients to apply design as a facilitative process and skillset. He believes that 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.
 



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. He helps clients to define a vision and identify optimal organizational structures and facilitates effective change management processes for large and complex organizations.



Kusi Hornberger

Kusi Hornberger is an Associate Partner in the Washington, DC office of Dalberg Advisors. Kusi co-leads Dalberg’s impact investing practice area and is particularly passionate about the use of innovative finance and technology to accelerate the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

Dalberg Data Insights Identifies Areas At-Risk for Food Insecurity using Mobile Phone Data

Widespread poverty in Uganda is closely related to food insecurity and malnutrition, with 36% of children in the country chronically undernourished or stunted.  For development actors to effectively respond to crisis, they must be able to understand which communities are most vulnerable in real-time and at high geographic granularity. Food security intervention planning however often relies on outdated survey data, which harms the efficacy of these interventions.

DigiFarm Wins a Fast Company 2018 World Changing Idea Award

Smallholder farmers – which number over half a million in Kenya alone – are among the most underserved group by financial and information services. Investment in this sector is hampered by lack of understanding and visibility into what, exactly, smallholder farmers need and want.

Improving the Lives of Marginalized Farmers Through Technology

 

 



Malavika Jain Bambawale

Malavika is a Partner based in Dalberg’s Singapore office. Her experience includes projects in clean energy, smart cities, sustainable agriculture, and climate change and low carbon infrastructure development.

Prior to joining Dalberg, she led Accenture’s Strategy & Sustainability Practice in ASEAN. With her team, she delivered projects on smart cities, the adoption of energy-efficient technologies, new energy strategies, and traceability in agri-business and consumer goods. 



Jesse Baver

Jesse is an Associate Partner in Dalberg’s London office. His experience, primarily in Africa and with a special focus on development finance and agriculture, includes financial and economic analysis, fund structuring, business model development, and market entry strategies.