The Agribusiness Consortium

The Consortium, comprising of 6 schools, seeks to develop Agribusiness management training programmes backed by appropriate contextual research, and deliver pilot training programmes in Ghana, Tanzania and Nigeria.

The strategic intent is to strengthen the capacity of African business schools to take up an active leadership role in Agribusiness, a sector so critical to Africa's economic development by providing thought leadership and skills training in Agribusiness Management. The curricula developed and lessons learned from the pilot programmes run in Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria will be shared open source, serving as a core input for the replication of agribusiness management programmes in business schools across Africa.

Member Schools

GIMPA Business School

Named the Institute of Public Administration, GIMPA was established in 1961 as a joint Ghana Government/United Nations (UN) special fund project established as one of the key strategic institutions to develop the public administrative system, to produce civil servants with administrative and professional competence, and to plan and administer national, regional and local services.

In 1966, the joint sponsorship ended and the UN formally handed over the Institute to the Government of Ghana. The Institute was then re-designated Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration in 1969 to reflect its expanded functions.

Over the past 49 years, GIMPA’s activities have been guided by five successive mandates from beginning with the first legislative instrument of 1961 to the current GIMPA Act, 2004 (Act 676). Each mandate affirmed the status of the Institute as the national leading management development institute to provide the study of public administration and management of Ghana. By the new mandate, GIMPA can now offer courses leading to the award of certificates, diplomas and degrees up to the doctoral level in its areas of competence. The area of competence is defined to include training and education in the areas of leadership, management, public administration and technology.

Today, GIMPA has transformed itself into the leading management development institute in Ghana with a vision of becoming a world class Centre of Excellence for training in Leadership, Management and Administration, Policy Analysis, Consultancy and Research, Distance Learning, Gender and Development programmes. The key to GIMPA’s success over the years has been consistency of purpose. Through the provision of high quality programmes and services, caring faculty, customized educational approaches and the cultivation of a participant-centred learning environment, GIMPA has contributed to the national development efforts by building the much-needed capacity development.

GIMPA is an independent public tertiary institution with financial and operational autonomy. The Institute has effectively stopped receiving government subventions and has become financially autonomous. GIMPA has learnt to earn substantially its own keeps, thriving on significantly revamped, redesigned, demand-driven and expanded programme offerings. GIMPA is now a self-financing organization with a new structure to meet its new mandate

Lagos Business School (LBS)

 

LBS is a community of people committed to creating and transmitting management and business knowledge based on a Christian conception of the human person and of economic activity and relevant to Nigeria and Africa at large. We strive to be a world-class business school which will have a significant impact on the practice of management.

In order to achieve this mission the School seeks to:

  • Provide high potential professionals with a general management education which stresses professional ethics and service to the community through the practice of management.

  • Have a positive impact on the professional and ethical standards of business management in Nigeria

  • Make intellectual contributions which: a) support the practice of management; b) contribute to the advancement of management disciplines; and c) create high quality teaching materials.

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) 

The vision of Sokoine University is to become a centre of excellence and a valued member of the global academic community in agriculture and other related fields with empahis on implementing practical skills, entrepreneurship, research and integration of basic and applied knowledge in an environmentally friendly manner.

SUA    is  located  in  Morogoro, Tanzania  with  four  facul   es namely; the Faculty of Agriculture, Forestryand Nature Conservaon, Faculty  of  Veterinary  Medicine (FVM) and   Science.   The Department  of  Agricultural Economics andAgribusiness under the Faculty  of  Agriculture  is  the major  center  for  agricultural economics  and  agribusiness traininginEastAfrica.

 

United States International University (USIU), Kenya

USIU is an independent, not-for-profit institution serving approximately 4,800 students, of whom 88% are domestic and 12% are international representing about 54 nationalities. It was founded in 1969 as the Africa campus of United States International University in San Diego, California. The university was first accredited in 1981 by the accrediting commission for senior colleges and universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as part of USIU-San Diego.

USIU has five undergraduate majors in the Chandaria School of Business, three in the School of Humanitiesand Social Sciences and two in the School of Science and Technology.The Chandaria School of Businessoffers three masters level degrees, while the School of Humanities and Social Sciencesoffers two Master of Arts degrees.

Research at USIU

USIU's interdisciplinary Academic Research Officecenter boasts an active agenda of research, community links and partnerships with local and international organizations. To support the individual interests of each of its faculty members, USIU provides faculty support grants and recognizes outstanding contributions through an Excellence in Research Award.

In 2011 USIU and its consortium partners Michigan State University (MSU) and the Global Business School Network (GBSN) received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the development and delivery of training in a Certificate Program in Management and Innovation for Agribusiness Entrepreneurs (CMIAE). The training aims at improving management and leadership capacity of the small scale agribusiness entrepreneurs which will eventually improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the agribusiness entrepreneurs, thereby, positively impacting on the various players along the value chain. The agribusiness materials are currently on a shared open source through Open Education Resources (OER) Africa platform and USIU online portal www.usiu.ac.ke/agribusiness.

The Agshare project on the other hand, was a partnership between Michigan State University (MSU) and OER Africa, and it sought to design a pilot course module on Agribusiness Management for Farmer Organizations (AMFOs). The purpose of this project was to develop a pedagogical model and a pilot module for teaching farmers’ organizations to gain new knowledge and agri-business management skills for transforming farming from a livelihood practice to a business enterprise (in other words, from a farm to a firm). The materials can be accessed on the OER Africa platform at;

http://www.oerafrica.org/FTPFolder/Agshare/Agribusiness/pages/Introduction/Author.html

University of Stellenbosch Business School

 

 

 The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) is a leading provider of internationally accredited postgraduate management degrees and executive education in South Africa.

The University of Stellenbosch Business School has all three international accreditations : AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA and has been rated in the A category for business schools with major international influence by Eduniversal – a Paris-based ratings organisation. And the Aspen Institute in the USA has ranked the USB on its Beyond Grey Pinstripes Top Global 100 Schools list for promoting social and environmental sustainability.

The USB's close cooperation with the business sector and other sections of the economy ensures an academic offering alighned with the needs of the business world.

One of the distinguishing features of the USB's MBA and other programmes is the strong focus on the development of positive, authentic leadership competencies to create high-performance organisations.