AGRICULTURE

Lion’s Head has a wealth of experience in the agriculture sector. We have helped innovative sustainable agriculture businesses finalise business plans, evaluate capital structure options and raise new capital from local and international investors. We have advised governments and other public sector actors on public private partnership models to promote investment in irrigation and agricultural infrastructure, as well as on linking carbon finance to models. We have worked with impact investors to develop new financing strategies that catalyse agriculture development and investment in challenging markets.

Our experience includes:

Lion’s Head are seed investors in, and strategic advisers to, the Tanzania Food Corporation, and with it, Mtanga Foods Ltd, a mixed farming business in Tanzania producing high-yielding potato seed for smallholders and livestock for consumer markets. Its farming methods include “climate-smart agriculture” methods, such as minimal till cultivation and agro-forestry.  Our support has included business strategy and capital raising. We have raised working capital facilities from local banks such as CRDB, long term debt from OPIC, as well as seed and growth capital from the Calvert Foundation, the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Heirs Holdings, Norfund (via Voxtra) and the UK Government’s African Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF).

Lion’s Head is part of a consortium that is implementing the Market Approaches to Resilience (MAR), under DfID’s BRACED (“Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters”) programme. MAR is an innovative three-year programme that tests market-based approaches to improving the resilience of vulnerable pastoralist and agro-pastoralist households to climate change in the Afar, SNNP and Somali regions of Ethiopia. The MAR programme supports households, businesses and communities in better managing their resources and everyday risks, working with private investors to address climate risks by promoting appropriate economic opportunities, and designing financial models that helps smooth risk. It also stimulates the appropriate diversification of economic activity among the most vulnerable, through public and private sector partnerships.

Lion’s Head worked alongside Farm Africa and Mercy Corps on reviewing private sector investments linked to climate resilience and developed a portfolio of market-based interventions to improve climate resilience in rural Ethiopia. This included a scoping study of investment landscape, insurance and financial service possibilities for private sector investment in agro-pastoralist areas in Ethiopia.

To see a list of our experience across sectors, see projects.