Innovation Portfolio Partners

AGCO-MEMES Inc

AGCO is a manufacturer and distributor of agricultural solutions through a full line of tractors, combine harvesters, hay and forage equipment, seeding and tillage implements, grain storage and protein products systems and replacement parts.

MEMES is an agriculture consulting firm based in the US.  Through Memes relationship with AGCO and through their connection secured a contract for Memes to jointly carry out with IAGRI/Innovation Portfolio a study for the commercialization of cassava in Zambia and Tanzania.

Mennonite Economic Development Associates

MEDA is an international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty, partnering with the poor to start or grow small and medium –sized business in developing regions around the world.  MEDA is currently implementing the “Commercially –Sustainable, Quality- Assured Cassava Distribution System in Tanzania. MEDA signed a contract to design affordable solutions to continued water supply for seed multiplication and distribution systems.

MORAGG Co Ltd

MORAGG CO Limited, a Tanzanian registered company, is an investment group which is wholly owned by the Arcola Emerging Market Fund (AEMF), and is dedicated to building synergies for growth in agricultural and food systems in Tanzania. AEMF and MORAGG management have more than 120 years of accumulated experience in agricultural production and business development in the United States, East Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Wilmer Otto, the principal investor, operates a portfolio of U.S. and international businesses in the agricultural sector. These businesses include: retail farm equipment dealerships (www.farm-pride.com); an agricultural equipment leasing firm (www.agrocapital.com.ua); and agricultural equipment export to African and Eastern European clients through Equipment Direct West, LLC.

Banana Investments Ltd

A private sector company is in the business of production and distribution of quality products and services of beverages through the use of technology. Banana Investment Limited is partnering with iAGRI/Innovation Portfolio and Food Science Department to provide Sorghum & millet based non-alcoholic clear malt drink products and the provision of technical services.

World Vision

World Vision Tanzania (WVT) is a relief and development organization focusing on livelihood, health, nutrition and water sanitation and hygiene, education and advocacy for children. Through its subsidiary “Great African Food Company “(GAFCO), a for profit enterprise, WVT is partnering with iAGRI/Innovation Portfolio and Sokoine University’s

Engineering Department and Land Planning to provide low-cost drip irrigation systems to boost agricultural productivity among smallholder farmers.

John Deere

John Deere is a private sector company that manufactures and distributes agriculture, construction and forestry equipment worldwide. John Deere is collaborating with iAGRI/Innovation Portfolio and the Department of Agriculture Engineering and Land Planning/ Mechanization Division on the development of demand driven market led support services for smallholder and medium farmers on tractor operation training (plowing, harrowing, spraying and harvesting). John Deere will donate to Sokoine a tractor including all the accompanying implements to support the training of students, contractors and farmers.