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AABS Awarded Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Agribusiness Grant

Posted By Page Schindler Buchanan, Tuesday, August 07, 2012

GBSN is excited to be working with the Association of African Business Schools on this project to build management education capacity for agribusiness leaders in Africa.

The Association of African Business Schools (AABS) announces a $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Association of African Business Schools is proud to announce it has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The $1.5 million, two-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports AABS in establishing an Agribusiness consortium of African business schools that will develop and deliver Agribusiness management training programmes backed by appropriate contextual research. The core objective is to support grantee organizations of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, strengthen local institutions and build capacity across agricultural value chains in Africa. The project aims to impact smallholder farmers who form the bulk of agricultural activity in Africa by training and supporting the managers that work with these smallholders through their organizations and projects. The Agribusiness management programmes will impart business, management and leadership skills to a range of stakeholders including development organizations, government agencies, agribusiness entities, farmer cooperatives and small and medium sized enterprise owners.

The strategic intent is to enable African business schools to take up an active leadership role in Agribusiness, a sector so critical to Africa’s economic development. The curricula developed and lessons learned from pilot programmes run in Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria will be shared open source via the project’s online network, www.aagri.net, serving as a core input for the replication of agribusiness management programmes in business schools across Africa. Open access to these materials and engagement with the network also provides an unparalleled opportunity for individuals and stakeholders to develop new insights and nurture stronger connections, thereby strengthening linkages across agricultural value chains in Africa.

The AABS Agribusiness Consortium comprises six schools namely the Sokoine University of Agriculture, the Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration (GIMPA), Lagos Business School, United States International University (USIU), Kenya, Stellenbosch Business School, and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). AABS plans to collaborate with a range of global partners to develop world class training programmes including the International Food & Agribusiness Organization (IFAMA), the Global Business Schools Network (GBSN), Harvard Business School and Purdue University.

For more information, please contact Dinah Hanson at dinah@aabschools.com or at (+27 11 7714382). You can also learn more on the project website: www.aagri.net and the organization website: www.aabschools.com.

Established in 2005, AABS is a nonprofit organization comprised of 27 member schools dedicated to strengthening management, business and leadership education in Africa. Building on the success of its flagship Teaching the Practice of Management (TPM) workshops, AABS seeks to build thought leadership in Agribusiness management education laying the groundwork for the sector’s contribution to economic development.

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