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Commercialization Opportunities for Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato: Kenya, Malawi and South Africa

Event Date: 
Oct 30, 2018
10:30 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Online Event
USAID Bureau for Food Security


In theory, Sub-Saharan Africa could feed a large part of the world. Yet the region struggles to achieve its full agricultural potential, let alone its potential in agricultural value addition and processed foods. In this webinar, presenters from the USAID Investment Support Program and Dalberg will discuss the process of assessing markets, identifying high-potential opportunities that may drive economic growth and competitiveness, and what they found when conducting those analyses.

Building on the International Potato Center (CIP)'s deep content expertise on sweet potato varieties, breeding and agricultural practices, the USAID Investment Support Program, implemented by Dalberg, explored off-take markets across product applications and geographies, with a particular focus on the demand-side perspective, processor needs and business cases. CIP will join this webinar as experts in the chat window to respond to specific questions on orange fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) that may arise over the course of the presentation.

Please join Agrilinks for this important presentation and discussion on mobilizing private capital into the food and agriculture sector. The USAID Investment Support Program will present a recent study on investment analysis and opportunities for OFSP in Malawi, Kenya, and South Africa. The tools and methodologies discussed can be applied broadly to many products and geographies. Join us for the (vitamin-A) rich discussion!


Rwanda Office Director

CJ Fonzi is Dalberg’s Rwanda Office Director. His experience spans a broad range of development issues including impact investing, agriculture, and SME finance and support.

Over the last seven years at Dalberg CJ has supported public, private, and social sector clients with strategies, investment analyses, and impact assessments. CJ joined Dalberg from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) where he was part of the founding team. He holds an MBA from Cornell University with a concentration in Sustainable Global Enterprise and a BS with high honors from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Information Technology.


Carlijn Nouwen is a partner with Dalberg Advisors in Johannesburg. She leads Dalberg’s Inclusive Business Expertise area and co-leads Dalberg’s Inclusive Industrialisation work.

She has led numerous projects for USAID’s ISP program across Africa, including deal sourcing, feasibility studies and facilitation. With CJ, she co-led the piece of work with ISP and CIP to identify commercialisation opportunities for Orange Flesh SweetPotato in Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. Before joining Dalberg in South Africa 6 years ago, Carlijn spent 7 years at McKinsey & Company in the Netherlands.

Agriculture Development Officer
(Moderator) USAID Bureau for Food Security

Aviva Kutnick is USAID Foreign Service Officer with USAID. She joined USAID in 2008 and served tours in Georgia and Tajikistan.

Aviva is currently the Private Sector Engagement Division Chief in USAID's Bureau for Food Security's Office of Market and Partnership Innovations. Aviva also serves on the donor steering committee for AgResults. She began her career in international development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan. Ms. Kutnick holds a double Maters Degree in Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.


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