Agri Business Creation (ABC)

Multiple regions

Analysis has shown that for selected countries, agriculture is the key driver for economic development. With an aim to restructure selected countries through agricultural development, SPARK has created the Agri Business Creation (ABC) programme.

Through rapid job creation, entrepreneurship development and improvement of government legitimacy, ABC coaches emerging entrepreneurs through training, mentoring and support of business plans. In collaboration with financial institutions, loans are then provided for these start-ups, which empower local entrepreneurs to be part of new economic opportunities that arise. One of the biggest risks affecting peace is the exclusion of socioeconomic groups; the ABC programme eases this tension and contributes to ongoing peace and stability by providing opportunities for young entrepreneurs in Yemen, South Sudan and Burundi.

SPARK’s context analysis in the selected countries has shown that agriculture, the main engine of economic development, is underdeveloped. Organisations and (state) institutions that should stimulate growth are incapable to do so. Populations grow at a faster pace than (agricultural) production, thus leading to a high level of food insecurity. By including those groups of people who pose a threat to stability in the economic development, the chances of them entering into conflict again will diminish and thus a peace dividend will be created. SPARK’s goal is to contribute to the reconstruction of the selected countries through a unique, integrated approach.

In SPARK’s Agri Business Creation (ABC) program, economic development, besides reducing poverty on its own, is used as a tool for peace building. The program’s central objective is to strengthen the agricultural value chain by supporting the capacity of local authorities and CSOs in the creation of jobs and growth in the agricultural sector, and the formulation of inclusive agricultural development policies, that will contribute to restore stability and enhance human - and food security.

The program’s objectives are to strengthen the capacity of partners and stakeholders in the selected agricultural value chains, to support job creation and enterprise development with a focus on youth and groups that may endanger stability and to increase the legitimacy of government authorities and enhance its role in economic and food security.