Contacts

(+254) 020 273 1664

 

Opening Times

Mon - Fri 08.00 - 17.00

Our Approach

 

 

MAEF invests in small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMEs) that either enable smallholders to participate in agricultural value chains or provide products and services to farming families to improve their efficiency, modernise their farming practices, build a functioning market that they can engage with and ultimately increase their incomes.These include (but are not limited to) agricultural input and equipment suppliers, traders, aggregators, processors, and exporters.





Our Venture Philanthropy model

MAEF operates on a venture philanthropy model, using grants to raise the productivity of farmers, coupled with risk capital to increase the turnover, business skills and market access of the commercial partner. Potential partners are assessed using a venture philanthropy approach and, if they meet the investment criteria, are offered a complete package comprising non-recoverable grant, recoverable grant and business support. The amount of grant to be recovered after three years is negotiated beforehand and structured to provide an incentive for the partner to re-invest profits in the business on a continuous basis.



How MAEF operates

 

Farmer focused grants

Non-recoverable grant to SMEs to deliver training and support directly to farmers to address issues of production, supply, aggregation, standards, storage and other market-access constraints. Grants range from $50,000-150,000.

 

A recoverable grant

A recoverable grant (i.e. an interest-free loan or ‘advance’) for product procurement and service orders. This must be repaid as soon as the sale of produce is completed.

 

 

 

long-term banking relationship

In very specific cases, provision of a partial loan guarantee for loan eligible needs through commercial banks to support acquisition of assets and equipment. This helps to establish a long-term banking relationship between SMEs and financial institutions.





How we do it

MAEF invests in small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMEs) that either enable smallholders to participate in agricultural value chains or provide products and services to farming families to improve their efficiency, modernise their farming practices, build a functioning market that they can engage with and ultimately increase their incomes.

These include (but are not limited to)

  • agricultural input and equipment suppliers,
  • traders
  • aggregators
  • processors
  • exporters.

 

 


Our Partners