The Global Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship (GAME) Center to host online discussions with Agribusiness SMEs

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By Salome Asena

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in Africa, many governments have begun to tighten borders, restrict gatherings and close schools. The crisis has already fundamentally changed people’s lives not just with regards to public health but in terms of politics, the economy, public services, and much more.

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization, it is anticipated that there will be disruptions in April and May. For example restrictions of movement will slowly reduce farming and food processing, there will be a shortage of fertilizers, veterinary medicines and other input could affect agricultural production in Kenya and in the world (International Finance Corporation, 2020).

As part of its efforts to assist small businesses to reposition and protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic, the USIU-Africa Global Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship (GAME) Center has scheduled free online discussions with Agribusiness SMEs both locally and globally. Theses interactive sessions will provide a platform for Agribusiness SMEs to share their survival tactics during these uncertain times which include support food safety assessments, staff training, and guidance attaining international certification. The main aim of the webinar is to;

  • Create a network of Agribusiness SMEs that leverage on technologies to enable the interface between supply and demand, which would be of great value to highly perishable goods (like fruit, vegetables, fish and aquatic products).
  • Explore ways to improve food safety by helping agribusiness SME’s to understand client’s needs, meeting market requirements, attract investment, realize cost savings, and strengthen their brands.
  • Create a network of Agribusiness professionals working in donor organizations, national and county government, academia that can share professional and technical advice to agribusiness SMEs
  • Collect real time data from participants of the impact of the pandemic on their enterprises with a hope of partnering with Universities, Agribusiness Research Institutions to offer entrepreneurs the best practices that they can adopt now and in future

    The online Agribusiness Webinars will be delivered in English and will be offered twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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