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UniBRAIN

UniBRAIN is an initiative of the Africa Commission convened by the Government of Denmark. It aims to create jobs and increase incomes through sustainable agribusiness development. UniBRAIN will realize this by creating mutually beneficial partnerships between universities, research organizations and the private agribusiness sector in order to create profitable agribusinesses while also improving agribusiness education to produce readily employable graduates and self-employed entrepreneurs. Three outputs envisaged from this collaborative effort are:

1. Commercialization of agribusiness innovations supported and promoted,
2. Agribusiness graduates with the potential to become efficient entrepreneurs produced by tertiary educational institutions; and
3. UniBRAIN’s innovative outputs, experiences and practices shared and up-scaled.

UniBRAIN works with seven partner Institutions; ANAFE, PanAAC, ABI-CRISAT, ASARECA, CCARDESA, CORAF/WECARD and FARA, the lead partner. Each partner has a defined role in facilitating various aspects of the Consortia’s incubators and their clients. The six pilot Consortia of universities, businesses and agricultural research institutions are located in five countries (Kenya, Ghana, Mali, Uganda and Zambia) and deal in various value chains; namely coffee, banana, sorghum, non-timber forest products, cereals, fruits and vegetables.

UniBRAIN pioneers a new approach to promoting agricultural innovation and improving tertiary agribusiness education in Africa. It promotes innovation by improving the flow of technology and knowledge by removing barriers between actors in the value chains. It is the synergy and linkage between the diverse actors that catalyzes and drives innovations.

Funding

UniBRAIN is funded by Danida

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