Building Resilience Against Climate and Environmental Shocks (BRACE Agribusiness)​

Building Resilience Against Climate and Environmental Shocks (BRACE Agribusiness)​

Building Resilience Against Climate and Environmental Shocks (BRACE Agribusiness)​

BRACE Agribusiness! seeks to build and strengthen adaptive capacities of agriSMEs to mitigate the risk of failure owing to external shocks in the ecosystem including, climate change, pandemic, inflation, changing policies, etc. The program will employ a four-stage module curriculum to empower agribusiness owners to brace for impact, pivot, and build resilient agribusinesses.​

The program is a one-year capacity development program for agri-food business owners to learn adaptive mechanisms to protect their business against external shocks. The program will leverage a hybrid learning experience in focus countries in Africa to reach and engage entrepreneurs through trainings, conferences, and workshops.​

The program will target young agribusiness owners in the African agriculture sector who are operating in key food and cash crops across sub-Saharan Africa. The program will prioritize women beneficiaries and businesses with some level of rural activity such as outgrower model, local sourcing, rural extension, climate solutions, etc.

Introducing the BRACE workshop

Food systems in Nigeria are fragile and face disruptions from shocks and stresses. Over 100,000 hectares of rice, maize and millet farms were completely submerged in water in the country’s largest rice-producing state of Kebbi in 2020. In recent weeks, several states in Nigeria have faced devastating flooding and desertification which is predicted to worsen as climate change intensifies.

Small and medium-scale agribusinesses play vital roles in Nigeria’s food systems; they operate as primary producers, processors, distributors, retailers, traders, consultants, chefs, and cooks and are vital to mitigating climate change. There is an urgent need to build capacity, incentivize, engage, and promote climate initiatives among food entrepreneurs toward driving inclusive climate action in Nigeria’s agriculture and food systems.

Coming on the heels of the COP27, the world’s most significant summit on climate which in Egypt, from 7th – 18th November 2022, the BRACE Workshop aims to build the capacity of Nigerian agriSMEs to incorporate climate adaption and resilience into their business models.

The workshop will bring together climate experts, development partners, and agribusiness leaders to share innovative ideas and practical strategies to support the adoption and growth of sustainable business models and engage agribusinesses to contribute to resilient food systems in Nigeria.

Meet the speakers

Ibrahim Salau
Managing Director, Environmental Accord Ltd. Ibrahim Salau is an accomplished environmental, social, and governance (ESG) management expert with over 25years of experience. He has led numerous projects in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, working on different high-profile projects. He is a certified ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System), ISO 45001 (Occupational Health and Safety) and ISO 50001 (Energy Management System) Implementation Expert and Lead Auditor. He is also a Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Supply Chain and Principles & Criteria Lead Auditor. He was an ESG Consultant with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) covering the Sub-Saharan Africa region. 

Dr Olufunso Somorin,
Principal Regional Officer ∙ African Development Bank.
A professional with interdisciplinary competencies that cut across domains of natural resources management, climate policy, governance, environmental sustainability and development policies. Possess strong analytical skills, well-disciplined approaches and frameworks for analyzing complex issues of politics, economics and management.

Chinma George,
Principal Consultant, Climfinance Consulting.

Ms. Chinma George is an environmental and climate change expert with experience working with INGOs, governments and the academia. She has worked in a range of systems, conducting research and analysis, writing, and stakeholder engagement with communities and government officials. She is the founder of Climfinance Consulting (CFC) a knowledge think tank that conducts research on climate change and links projects to climate finance in Africa. CFC has worked with Nigerian parliamentarians in connecting them to organizations to build their capacity.

Rolf Helberg
Founder/CEO Home2Live
Rolf Helberg jr. is the CEO of Home2Live™. He founded his first company as a young man almost 30 years ago and has 20 years experience from the Real Estate industry. As a former officer in the Norwegian Army he is a skilled leader who was hired as a CEO of several companies early in his career until he decided to focus entirely on developing his own companies almost 20 years ago.

Mr Bankole Oloruntoba
CEO NCIC (Nigeria Climate Innovation Center)
Currently Country Lead, Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC). Nigeria/ World Bank assisted Climate Innovation Center (CIC). Formerly managing enspire Business Incubator, a technology focused business incubation centre under the Abuja Technology Village. I re-designed and set up the existing platform with its re-purposed areas of focus. Developing and Managing of the Abuja Tech Ecosystem to serve as a resource pool for the enspire Incubator. An expert on the Business Model Canvas deployment for Start ups. Incubation Management and Advisory, Strength in the identification and Building of strategic work partners. Creator of Abuja Techies Meet-ups (Monthly). I have a clear understanding of the Start-ups and Entrepreneurship sector in Nigeria/West Africa.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  1. Raise awareness of the impact of climate change on the Nigerian foods systems and the urgent need for agribusinesses to take climate action in building efficient, responsible and sustainable business models.
  2. Highlight how stakeholders’ commitments to driving inclusive climate action in agriculture and food systems.
  3. Highlight emerging solutions and innovative business models in the agri-food landscape to promote resilience in food systems
  4. Build the capacity of agriSMEs to identify and incorporate relevant climate-smart agricultural practices in their business operations

Do you know someone who is actively working within the agri-food landscape with the goal of seeing our continent food secure and /or highlighting our positive and rich stories?
Nominate them today!

Workshop program agenda

# Time Event
1 09:30 - 10:00 Registration and Coffee
2 10:00 - 10:05 Opening comments by host
Rahmat Eyinfunjowo, Co CEO African Food Changemakers (AFC) (On behalf of Ndidi Nwuneli, Founder and Executive Chair AFC)
3 10:05 - 10:20 About Sahel Consulting
Ifeoluwa Olorunnipa, Manager Sahel Consulting
About African Food Changemakers
Dr Somawina Nwegbu, Coordinating Manager AFC
4 10:20 - 10:35 Welcome remarks by Mastercard Foundation Ms Adaeze Sokan, Program Lead, Digital Economy Nigeria Mastercard Foundation
5 10:35 - 10:55 Ice-breaker
6 10:55 - 11:00 Introduction of masterclasses and guest speakers
7 11:00 - 12:15 Masterclass 1
ESG 101 for agribusinesses: building responsive, responsible and successful businesses in a changing climate
Ibrahim Salau, MD Environmental Accord Ltd
8 12:15 – 12:30 Icebreaker
9 12:30 - 13:45 Masterclass 2
Opportunities, resources and rewards for agriSMEs to transition to green businesses and create green jobs.
Dr Olufunso Somorin, Principal Regional Officer ∙ African Development Bank
10 13:45 – 14:45 Lunch
11 14:45 - 15:00 Host to provide joining instructions for breakout sessions
12 15:00 - 16:20 Practical breakout groups

1. Group 1: Primary production
Carbon credits & carbon farming – pivoting your farming business to benefit from the opportunities in climate financing.
Speaker: Chinma George, Principal Consultant, Climfinance Consulting

2. Group 2: Food Processing and Packaging
Greening your agroprocessing business – maximizing sustainability and generating improved profitability (water, waste, packaging, recycling, circular economy etc.).
Speaker: Rolf Helberg Founder/CEO Home2Live

3. Food Distribution & Logistics
Optimizing storage and transportation – eliminating waste, improving efficiency and maximizing profits.
Speaker: Mr Bankole Oloruntoba, CEO NCIC (Nigeria Climate Innovation Center)

13 16:20 - 16:45 Summary of Discussions

A representative from each breakout group will have 5 minutes to share innovative solutions explored in the breakout sessions as well as commitments made by agribusinesses to incorporate climate adaptation and resilience techniques in their business models.

14 16:45 - 17:00 Closing Remarks
15 17:00 - 18:00 Networking