5 Reasons Why SMEs Should Develop a Business Continuity Plan

Can your business maintain uninterrupted operation when a disaster strikes? This is a question that must be internalized by every entrepreneur, no matter the size or nature of your business or stage of the entrepreneurial journey. Disruptions are inevitable and can never be preempted, it’s vital to have a clear strategy and plan in place to ensure undisturbed business operation, timely deliveries of products/services, honoring of tenders even during the occurrence of catastrophes. If business stalls, profitability is negatively affected, reputation, cyber-crimes, customer base among many other consequences.

Business continuity plan (BCP) is outlaying plan to maintain the running of vital business mandates or swift operational recovery in the occurrence of a disaster, interruption of usual operations. BCP considers some vital business concerns such as chain of command in the occurrence of death or illness of business owner, leader. Responding to negative publicity. It addresses backup plan for extreme situations threatening business operations such as distribution bureaucracy, lawsuits, industrial labor disputes, drastic shifts in market conditions, economic recessions. BCP isn’t ‘a plan 2’ during a crisis or a disaster response strategy, it’s prudent to view it a brave plan for the events you never hope for to take place.

Research by DELL EMC shows that sizeable ventures have zero business continuity plan and are comfortable with various misconception to base their decisions. Important to note, 80% of enterprises that lacks clearly outlined recovery strategy face untimely shut-down within a year of catastrophes such as natural calamities, computer outages also threatens lifeline of several businesses and their financial capacities, with 50% of businesses experiencing the longer outages likely to close down within 5 years.

Most of SMEs have always been reluctant to incorporating BCP in their management, before empowering these small ventures, it’s prudent to evaluate some of their key concerns for the established mindset.
They are already under insurance cover
With insurance cover in place, most SMEs believes they are covered against losses. SMEs needs to understand that insurance can’t cover all the losses from certain kind of disasters such as loss of customer base, negative public reputation, losses from shortcomings of new product/services released. Insurance alone isn’t sufficient, you must plan for the unthinkable as part of business continuity strategy.
They lack the time and resources to develop a Business continuity plan
Some SMEs feels developing BCP consumes a lot of time and requires financial might & personnel, which they don’t have. SMEs must learn that it’s better to invest in strategies that ensure uninterrupted business operations despite any disaster. Also, the swifter you normalize operations, the more the success towards recovery. Business can’t afford the losses whenever operations shut down.
There is no difference between Business continuity plan and Disaster management plan
The misconception is that BCP and disaster recovery plan are compatible. It must be clear that Business continuity planning is more of a proactive strategy that details prior actions, during and after the catastrophe to ensure interruption of business and its financial viability. Disaster recovery plan is a subset of BCP, it’s reactive in nature, meaning that it only outlines safety and restoration guidelines for personnel, locations as well as critical operation directions after a disruption.

Other notable misconception and excuses are ;
They have personnel ready to respond to emergency
They are too small to prioritize BCP
The internet technology and backup plan is just enough
There are other more critical things to worry about
They aren’t aware of where to turn to for support on BCP

Some entrepreneurs that have banked on the misconceptions and excuses for a long time, need now to rise and realize the significance of business continuity planning to their ventures and act accordingly. These are some of the insights they need to appreciate;

Maintained of a market base; Uninterrupted business operation, timely delivery of goods/services gives the business that much needed competitive edge and loyalty from the customer base. Having well-structured and tested BCP will ensure business grab the confidence of customer, maintain them from competitors even during times of disaster. A customer will always be satisfied to engage reliable supplier or ventures that never disappoints in its product/service delivery.

Effective communication; Communication is very paramount in an organization. BCP boosts both internal and external communication with customers, suppliers, stakeholders, general public. This goes long way in scaling up operations prior, during and after any event.

Protection of brand; Business brand and reputation have a long-term impact on a business, it’s very vital for every venture. BCP portrays all the time commitment and protection internal customers (employees) and external customers (clients, partners, investors) needs. It ensures positive business environment and better public reputation of the business.

Lessened downtime; Element of time means money, it’s very critical for every entrepreneur thus must not be wasted. Having BCP in place, it won’t affect the revenue of business when a disaster strike, it will ensure uninterrupted operations contrary to a business without BCP, as it has to shut down and take some time to strategize on what step to take in reaction to the disaster.

Disasters are inevitable in business, entrepreneurs must be well equipped and strategize on better ways to overcome the disasters without any disruption. Continuous improvement of the plan to match the ever-changing dynamics is also critical in going forward. It’s better to invest in business sustainability than grapple with excuses, challenges created by business shut-down.


Why Startups Should Consider Business Accelerators

Many have rushed into business idea execution with little or no knowledge about running a business, empty structured and viable business plans. These start-ups have found it even rough operating in the ever demanding business environment coupled with different forces. As a result, most of these startups, rarely live to see the 2nd year of operation, and that partly explains why a chunk of ventures fails and are increasingly unsustainable. The message is now deafening than ever, you can’t do it alone in business, especially for the new entrants. Support, mentorship, empowerment from veterans in the industry plus experts as well as other stakeholders play a crucial role towards your venture success. Going blindly into the new expedition is a precise recipe for disaster.

Many success stories have clouded the entrepreneurship space, portraying it as a bed of roses. This narrative has dramatically attracted many ‘entrepreneurs’ into business even without skills to manage oncoming challenges. They have lived to regret their moves. More failure stories from veterans in various industries, and strategies, secrets used in overcoming the challenges, gives that great opportunity for more entrepreneurs to learn from the mistakes and strength to build a foundation of success.

Business accelerators are time-bound, short and vigorous mentorship programs that spike startup growth and profitability within few months. Many business accelerators and empowerment programs continue to rise in the entrepreneurship ecosystem to bridge the gap between jumpstarting startup ideas and business sustainability, profitability plus growth. Why should startups consider business accelerators?

  • Opportunity for Learning and mentorship; Engaging someone who understands what he/she is talking about is a sage recipe for success. Business accelerators present that opportunity to learn from mistakes of others, secrets of success and avoiding costly business pitfalls. It’s wiser to learn from the failure of others to build a stronger foundation for success. Acquiring knowledge and skills from individuals in the same industry is rewarding, entrepreneurs get to share their fears, challenges in their respective business stages. They get the much-needed guidance from experts and veterans to grow the stronger business.
  • Networking and exposure; Synergy/collaboration between entrepreneurs, experts, investors, industry veterans and other stakeholders provide an opportunity for increasing startups profitability. Business accelerators give the ecosystem where businesses interact, create linkages, and meet investors for financing, product marketing, emotional support from other firms in the similar scope. A network and cycle of individuals that are ready to support and inspire others to achieve productivity, through using their failure stories and difficulties faced in their journey to greatness.
  • Increased revenue; Many surveys have pointed out that mentorship plays an essential role towards boosting business revenues, entrepreneurs get to identify various pitfalls costing the business and get to learn better ways of evading them thus maximizing profits as well as focusing on increasing margins by minimizing initial costs.
  • Business sustainability; business accelerators have primarily boosted survival rate new entrants startups and transforming side-hustle ventures to main-hustle businesses. Entrepreneurs get to overcome the fear of failure entirely and dedicate much of time and resources within stipulated time-frame through step by step guidance by veterans and professionals to be better empowered to be on top of the game. Here you get to share your business vision and get the right inspiration and support to walk the path of your business dream seamlessly. Never shy away to be mentored, remember even the renowned greats owe their success to their mentors.

It’s prime time for aspiring and startup entrepreneurs to stop working in isolation and get connected with various parties in the industry to move smoothly with their endeavors, technology has played a massive role here to widen online entrepreneurship, service businesses among others. Entrepreneurs need the resources, knowledge, and skills to optimize productivity or get started; this is a viable avenue for those many aspiring CEOs and stagnant business ventures.

The Sunshine Blogger award

The Sunshine Blogger Award
The sunshine Blogger is an award given to bloggers by bloggers for bringing creativity, positivity and Sunshine into the lives of readers.

The nomination season has got me covered, what a privilege!! . I have a nomination from a great blogger Musings mom of three teenagers blogging journey. Thank you so much for appreciating my work, I’m truly humbled.
Please check out her great blog to feel the artistic of words/poetry and great inspirations from a mom…


  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award Logo in your post and/or on your blog.

1. How can you inspire the youth today? Well, I’m a youth, so I’ll just point out what has worked for me so far.. Be true to yourself and be custodian of your own destiny, don’t fear to fail, from those many failures you get to grow stronger just take it positively, learn from everyone and everything with the single opportunity you get , above all respect God.
2. What is your idea of fun? Those precious moments or undertakings that makes me relax, cool down. That space for freedom with great level of responsibility is the fun I truly cherish.
3. What subjects in school you’re good at? Business, Mathematics and philosophy, those were my strongholds. I performed well in History and literature.
4. Who are your inspiration? Why? My mother is my greatest source of inspiration, she has always believed in me and supported me every single day.
5. How do you come with ideas for your blog? Day to day experiences, interactions gives me that deep insights on what to write with mission of informing, empowering my audience. I read a lot from fellow bloggers, media and research as well.
6. What is your genre of books? I’m much into motivational/inspirational books, Entrepreneurship& technology, I love poetry as well.
7. Do you have a sweet tooth? What are your favorites? Not at all, I’m not much into sugary foods
8. What are your hobbies? Reading/writing, Hiking, watching football
9. What is your favorite color? Grey
10. What will be your legacy? Living an impactful life, empower and inspire dreamers to achieve their very best.
11. Describe yourself in one word? Compassionate

Here are most great bloggers that I’m nominating for the Sunshine Blogger award:

  1. sk8sandhu
  2. Sundaram Chauhan
  3. Shamylah
  4. Middle me
  5. Winfred

Questions for my nominees:
1. When given chance, what would be your alternative niche for your blog?
2. What was your lowest moment in your blogging journey? How did you deal with it?
3. Likes or comments, which one do you mostly prefer on your blog post? Quick justification
4. How many blog postings are you targeting to achieve this year?
5. Employment or self-employment, which side to you prefer?
6. How do you spend most of your weekends?
7. Which country would you like to visit in Africa?
8. What was your favorite blog post ever?
9. Have you ever been unemployed? How can you inspire the unemployed today?
10. Do you believe that your blogging has lived true to its mission?
11. What’s your favorite genre of movies?

Is Agribusiness Too Expensive and Unsustainable To Attract More Youths & Women?

Calling for more youths and women to literally join agribusiness bandwagon cannot achieve much if no reasonable investment is made on infrastructural improvement, adoption of innovative technology, research & development, creative policy decisions plus synergy and collaboration with farmers to get firsthand experience on what affects them so as to bring on table more informed policies.

Many lucrative stories have been all over this industry to justify the bounty returns from agribusiness ventures and with this, many have resigned from jobs to settle on this self-employment expedition, ‘copycat entrepreneurs ’ have as well found home here, fresh graduates and many longtime unemployed youths have also resorted to this call to build their empires. Women have also as well risen to the occasion in solidarity to feed the world and hope for the juicy returns. The truth of the matter is, behind these many success stories, lies many frustrating failure stories and challenges that are rarely talked about, it’s eating up many agripreneurship aspirations as some have vowed to never give a listening ear to any agribusiness ‘fallacy’ , some will argue that everyone can’t be an agripreneurs, yes that’s a fact but we can’t wish away the many avoidable and manageable bottlenecks and challenges that continues to cripple these many dreams. Tough and thought invoking questions & discussions must be addressed so as to streamline productive agribusiness line.

I was engaging a group of youths and women in agribusiness as well as ‘former’ agripreneurs plus some few independent individuals on their take on the state of agribusiness in the country and some very interesting reactions came up that inspired me to write down this article, let me get you into speed on some thoughtful issues that came out boldly;

  • Youth aren’t farming because farming is more of a gamble and punishes losses heftily, it’s very expensive…
  • Agribusiness isn’t a fun like the fun run… no fun about it
  • Farming is an on-job learning venture, the learning costs money. Where are youths and women getting money to manage this?
  • Between funding thousands greenhouses for youth/women groups and developing agricultural zones with innovative technological infrastructures , technical support, regulated & monitored for continuous profitable operations while farmers raising the working capital, which way sounds sensible and productive?
  • Without technology, it’s frustrating to make good cash out farming to sustain the desired family lifestyle…
  • Farming is largely marketed as a passion just because of the ‘madness’ it requires to survive…
  • You can easily acquire fallow land even through leasing but after that you’re alone…
  • How do you recover from series of failure before you master and stabilize in this venture, can women and youths sustain these bills of the inevitable failures?
  • Are agribusiness venture obeying the principle of risks, higher risk =higher returns?

These are true issues that can’t be taken lightly if agribusiness have to stand tall and effectively champion food security, job creation and economic empowerment among many other sustainable development agendas especially for the developing economies. The very many failure stories and rock bottom experiences must be appropriately directed to build a stronger foundation for more productive and appealing agribusiness ventures. Standing to my opinion and experiences, it’s timely for policy makers & relevant authorities and stakeholders to deeply consider the inevitable frontiers in this sector. There is also a shocking revelation justifying zero correlation between food production and hunger, hope you heard me right… studies shows that hunger-hit countries produce just as much food as ‘full’ countries… let me leave that there for future discussions. Back to the main agenda of this article;

Technology goes along way; failures in the production process as well as inefficiencies accompanied by traditional farming techniques have made agribusiness expensive, the losses must be reduced as much as possible to manageable limits by the many women and youths in agribusiness so as to realize value of their ventures. Imagine a smallholder farmer producing 2,000kgs of carrots in a land that could produce close to 10,000kgs of carrots just due technological gaps in the production process. Value-addition is as well a frontier that largely banks on technological innovations to improve the productivity of agribusinesses. Technology encompasses many avenues as well such as ICT that holds much in slicing production costs experienced by farmers and it must get down to all agripreneurs in best way possible.

Infrastructural support to smallholders agripreneurs; It’s true that many small-scale agripreneurs can’t afford and maintain most of the required technologies to optimize the value of their farming. Post-harvest losses, high input costs, climate changes, middlemen exploitation among many other factors have made production costs unbearable for many. Creation of agricultural zones, with current technological resources, policies such as leasing programs, closely monitored and regulated to continuously help the very many smallholder farmers plus offering much needed technical support and mentorship while the farmers are only left to raise the working capital is a very perfect initiative that should be embraced by the many relevant authorities.

Research/Development and technical support is key; It doesn’t end with just leasing land to the farmers, many have made mistakes and experienced unmanageable losses due to limited research/development initiatives hence many of youths and women in agribusiness need to be trained on productive farming techniques as well as dissemination of timely and appropriate knowledge that prioritize the farmer’s interests and needs. More extension officers must be on the ground to help in offering technical support as well exploring very many alternatives of farming methods, inputs, crops, pest controls so that losses can be reduced as much as possible.

Farmers are on the rush to produce food for its ever growing population which is projected to hit 9 billion by the year 2050 and Africa is as well preparing for 1 billion population by 2025. Every effort and initiative must move in a singular manner in order to feed these humanity; youths and women have been pointed out as the main players to achieve these goals hence every force should be directed towards addressing the derailing factors that continues to push them away in a very progressive manner so as to ensure sustainable/productive agribusiness.

Why Travelling and Networking must be a top priority for SMEs

How often do you travel? Do you travel for leisure or business agendas? What kind of changes have you experienced after travelling missions? Is it worth and would you recommend the same to fellow entrepreneurs? … These are key questions that have formed part of many discussions among the entrepreneurship circles in the spirit of networking, dealing with competition, business growth & development, business sustainability, idea generation etc.

This is a key aspect that should be observed by SMEs within their financial capabilities as a way of promoting business progress and sustainability. Being in one place for a long time, doing the same thing can’t translate to any progress, it actually limits your perspectives as well as inspiration sources ,that’s why we have seen sizeable SMEs who are completely stuck in their old fashion of doing things and the lucky ones have maintained their business status while a good number continues to close down bowing down to pressure of intense competition, market forces and dynamics, unfavorable business environment among many other business factors.

You will definitely agree with me that entrepreneurship, travelling and networking are closely linked as they involves risk taking, identifying gaps & opportunities for growth, learning, breeding of creativity and innovation which remains very important for any entrepreneur in the entrepreneurial journey. There are several opportunities and significances that power of travelling and networking presents that every SME and aspiring entrepreneurs must realize in order to strategize and develop budgetary plan to effectively cover these important but underexploited aspects;

Breeding of creativity and innovation; The ever increasing market dynamics, competition and customer needs have pushed several entrepreneurs to their limits to come up with more creative and innovative products/services to spearhead business sustainability. Traveling and networking beyond your locality, borders, country presents that marvelous opportunity to be exposed to new ideas as well as solutions to several problems experienced back in your community and business. It brings that unique perspective of viewing things, culture, people and challenges as well as learning to enhance creativity.

Staying open-minded; moving around and meeting new people breaks that monotony of doing things in specific way, deep rooted beliefs, rigid systems that have stagnated your creativity sharpness. Spending some fruitful time away from your business environment, presents opportunity for different possibilities faulting the stereotype mindset, cultural/racial divisions which actually doesn’t work to the best interest of the business. SMEs needs to grow and increase their market base and grab new opportunities around for growth, the best way to go is to break the locality syndrome/mindset and meet new people, culture and think differently.

Better way to manage stress and burnout; Working tirelessly without taking some time off can be disastrous. Travelling is a better way to move out of the demanding business schedules to ‘cooler’ place that disengages your mind, relieves stress and relax for some couple of time so as to recharge and come back more rejuvenated to hit the ground running in fruitfully undertaking business duties.

Learn, learn, learn; an entrepreneur should keep both the eyes and mind open so as to seize any available opportunity. Traveling brings that opportunity to learn new language, means of communication, reading people/body language, culture, experiences and situations helps builds your entrepreneurial abilities beyond your locality for more fruitful business engagements. As an entrepreneur, it’s also critical to learn and understand yourself in terms of strengths and weaknesses and how to effectively manage them, Going to a completely different location of different culture, language, economic state, throws you out of the comfort zone as you have to work hard to develop survival tips, through this, you bring out your true traits that you didn’t know about yourself.

A wiser platform to build a strong organizational culture; Employee reacts differently and exhibits different strengths and weaknesses, skills and talents. It’s upon the business owner to properly manage them so as to get positive results out of them. Travelling and networking presents that competitive edge to study different people, culture, reactions, skills, expertise that will enable you as an entrepreneur to hire that effective team that will closely work to your desired business culture and success.

Networking as an asset; Making valuable connections must be a priority for SMEs, you can’t do it alone, you must have people around you for support in order to ignite growth. Moving beyond your locality and fruitfully engaging other people in various platforms, events, visits helps so much, for example, having a chat with a with a stranger in a bus/event may present that best opportunity for business idea generation reading from the frustrations highlighted, learning more on the foreign market status/dynamics, cultural beliefs or even market linkage for your product/services. Adding more people into your business circles will definitely work to the advantage of the business over time only if SMEs get out and strategically mingle with other entrepreneurs, stakeholders and more people to that effect. Networking will also ensure;

  • Increased confidence; pushing yourself out of the comfort zone and talking to strangers in different places will actually lift your spirit as an SME owner as well as chance to get new customer or linkage that will work to your business success.
  • Shared knowledge; networking is all about sharing knowledge & ideas, you meet different people that may be beneficial in terms of advice, information and skills to spike your business success.
  • Raising of your profile; being more regularly present in various entrepreneurial and social events increases your recognition and what your business offers. This helps builds that much needed business reputation, being updated with business trends, information and developing leads plus referrals for your business.
  • Collaboration and synergy ; coming together and working as a unit helps overcome many entrepreneurial challenges that derails SMEs from financing, market access, customer service among others. SMEs gets to create viable business relationships, partnerships, mentorship, unity of voice that positively improve the sector rather than staying alone and struggling to get everything done by yourself.

SMEs must get out and explore, network to their advantage, the returns from these aspects are far much better than the cost itself. Start by learning of any networking event next to you, let more people know what your business entails and also remember to make that budgetary allocation to travel & make fruitful gain out of it.

How STARTUPS  can finance themselves smoothly without traditional financing intervention

Many entrepreneurial aspirations aren’t setting off due to financing challenges thus procrastination being the norm most of the time. The biggest victims here are the startup SMEs due to their limited abilities to seek traditional financing avenues such as bank loans whose lending requirements, terms and conditions falls beyond reach of many SMEs.
The good news that should reach the very many startup entrepreneurs is the need to exploit other new creative modern financing techniques with less reliance on traditional bank financing. It is also important to note that financial inabilities shouldn’t be allowed to cripple a viable idea whose time have arrived, many have developed and grown their SMEs with close to zero personal financial investment by mainly focusing on starting small and lowering costs while banking on external sources financing such as friends/family, venture capitalists, crowdfunding, angel investors and government grants.

It is also coming out clearly that the SMEs have the power and might to deal with the financing challenges among themselves without looking around for help, yes it’s possible and many continues to grow their businesses smoothly, something that many didn’t see coming. Most of this is attributed to the power of synergy and collaboration between various SMEs themselves as well as close ties with other organizations and stakeholders. This is a viable call that needs to reach many startups to embrace working together to overcome the many challenges faced and create a positive business environment where fellow business owner isn’t seen as an enemy to growth but a classical partner to bolster growth. Some of the techniques that can be used to seek capital are as follows;
Peer-to-peer lending; within a group of the like-minded individuals, people come together to lend each other in order to finance their ideas. Finding a group of entrepreneur’s peer of similar effort and aspirations of supporting one another makes this technique very much viable, one may have a new and vibrant idea and other partners in the group will come out to lend capital to finance the idea within the structures of agreement.
Partnership; Working jointly as partners is proving out to be a better way to several startup challenges, some may have their own reservations towards this technique but looking into the wider picture of starting and growing the business, it increasingly important to join together as individuals of complementary skills, expertise, experience and abilities. You may have a viable idea but lacks the knowledge, financial abilities or experience to expedite the business idea to success, it’s prudent to team-up with like-minded partners under set of structured operational agreement to ensure various idea actualization.
Crowdfunding; With the power of internet at play, many are out to seek a crowd of like-minded in various entrepreneurship avenues, business forums and investment groups in order to get small amounts to back their effort and ideas and are even offering small equity investments for the potential investors.
Group loans and other credit facilities; Coming together and contributing funds to spearhead growth of various entrepreneurial ventures is a great deal. Pooling the funds to serve particular need goes a long way to relieve the SMEs to seek loans with lesser hassle and bureaucratic requirements. Business groups are adopting table-banking techniques and merry-go round investment programs where funds are pooled and distributed to members to start and grow businesses within agreement guidelines.
Fundraising events for start-ups; however how difficult it might look, embracing various fundraising programs to source for financing is embraced by some startups to appeal to the public, investors and donors who believes in the idea. Some participates in business plan competitions as well as business accelerator or incubation programs as creative avenues for seeking funds and getting that productive support to accelerate business idea growth. With the storm of cryptocurrency ventures, Initial Coin Offering (ICO) has emerged outside traditional financing technique to help startups and companies within this industry to raise funds offering itself as a better version of crowdfunding.

Overcoming the hurdle of financing is becoming more clearer and realistic to many SMEs through going the route of creative financing techniques, it can be overcomed through starting small and growing big so as to minimize costs. As much as SMEs gear up to tackle this on their own, more support from government and other stakeholders should come in handy to support the sector in various business avenues such as market access, cost of production, ease of doing business, business environment among other crucial business factors affecting startups.

The need for Synergy and collaboration must get down to small – scale agribusiness

Small –scale agribusiness is a very important occupation in the race to food security, job creation and economic empowerment especially to developing economies. According to World Bank and U.N Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the sector contributes upto 70% of the world food supply far much a head of the large-scale sector that literally lacks the control and ownership of land as a major factor of production. 

This sector still requires transformational changes and investments to address the thorny issues that continues to drawback the small holders from realizing their exclusive potential, notable avenues includes Information technology, synergy and collaboration, modern farming techniques, value addition, linking small-scale agriculture with entrepreneurship for enterprise development. These key elements holds a major and unique boost for small-scale agripreneurs to effectively and competitively match the operations of the large-scale agribusiness sector and make that remarkable mark that will provide self-motivation to many small holder farmers on their value towards achieving the sustainable development goals.

In the spirit of keeping the conversation rolling on need to empower small-scale agribusiness, it’s timely and prudent to focus on the need for synergy and collaboration within, far and wide with various stakeholders and experts to jointly uplift the smallholder agripreneurs.

First-hand touch with the true challenges to be addressed and development of resounding solutions; It’s only through direct interactions with smallholder agripreneurs and other collaborators such as researchers that real and timely answers can be availed to fit the needs of the sector to limit mismatching of problems and solutions. The farmers must not just be seen as mere end users but mega partners whose living and sustenance revolve around agriculture and major leaders on food security and job-creation advocacy. Their contributions and feedback on variety of inputs developed by researchers such as seeds, pesticides, fertilizer and their genuine response on the performance based on yields, market value is important so as to ensure collaborators make necessary adjustments to improve the productivity of the sector. 

Unity of voice; Coming together ensures agripreneurs achieves all that can’t be achieved single-handedly. Small-holder farmers should form and join SACCOs, Cooperatives and other farmer’s organizations so as to have that stronger bargaining power to address many of the challenges faced such as market accessibility, middle-men exploitation, financing, extension services, high production costs, infrastructural challenges. It’s also easier for other partners to offer their expertise, support and  easier dissemination of information to a united like-minded agripreneurs on catching up with the agribusiness trends and supporting development of the sector.

Networking as an asset; Meeting new people means new experience, learning moments and opportunity to grow. Coming together as like-minded SMEs brings on table diverse culture, expertise, experience and skills that will definitely lead to individual benefits. Within these groups may exist market opportunity of  your product, linkages with other agricultural stakeholders that presents the opportunity to speed up other agricultural agendas such information, value-addition, enterprise development etc.

Better chance to deal with exploitative intermediaries; many small-scale agripreneurs have seriously suffered in the hands of the middle-men. By coming together, the smallholder farmers get to unanimously decide on product pricing, initiate direct contract with producers and consumers, better market negotiations etc, all these ensures the agripreneurs gets value of their produce and appropriate profits with close to zero manipulation.

Easier dissemination of information and technology; Information technology and other technological advancement holds major key to the small-scale agribusiness development, it’s evident that every effort are increasingly directed to ensure the technology reach the smallholder farmer down there to improve the value of the sector. It’s easier for the partners to dispense and share these key elements to farmers in groups in a timely manner rather than waiting to interact with all the smallholders individually. Within the groups, the farmers understands themselves better and their potentials,  making it even better to engage and ensure full realization of the agendas propagated.

Effective opportunity to access resources and training; With the ever changing agricultural and market dynamics, continuous training and access to desired resources is key to agripreneurs so as to be better placed to address the emerging issues. Being in groups, it’s easier to organize for easier access to these elements through collaboration with other stakeholders for the benefit of all the smallholder agripreneurs.

Better market access; Accessing market for the small-scale agripreneurs products is a challenge as many in the sector grapples with losses due product-spoilage, being in farmer’s cooperatives, helps in effective marketing of  the members products, champion for better product prices and increase the market coverage as well better grounds to push other authorities such as government to lobby for market for the smallholder agribusiness products  in other territories with less hassle.

Dealing with the infrastructural challenges; poor infrastructures such as road networks and storage facilities disadvantages most of small -scale agribusinesses especially in remote areas, having that much needed unity of voice, it’s more easier to advocate for these infrastructural development to various stakeholders support as well as creatively chatting out ways to address the same. Through member’s contributions and other external support, getting better storage facilities is proving to be a non-issue as more small-scale agripreneurs who have teamed up are succeeding in mitigating losses and improving their productivity.

Championing for creative financing techniques; traditional bank financing solution is increasingly becoming a daunting task for many small-scale agripreneurs due to the interest rate issues as well as collaterals. Through teaming up, chances of accessing financing is improved as there exists several programs and opportunities by the various stakeholders to offer support such as loans, grants to expedite various agribusiness ideas. Other than that, small holder’s organizations have the potential to offer financing opportunities to its members at affordable rates with less hassles through the very many self-structured programs ranging from credit facilities, trading of shares, table banking and acquisition of grants among others. Many have succeeded through similar avenues and presents an amazing example for many more small-scale agripreneurs to emulate.

Agripreneurs are undauntedly biggest dream catchers globally, if you paint a better dream to a farmer and go to an extent of telling him how to get there, in a couple of time he will have acted on what you shared with him and even exceed the expectations. Our only undoing is the failure to share these dreams with our agripreneurs. It’s upon all the stakeholders to genuinely come out and offer much needed support to this sector in order to achieve their productivity. Small-scale agripreneurs must as well rise up and position themselves accordingly with the emerging trends especially on collaboration to improve their value and profitability over time.