This report is an assessment of direct short-term effects on Agribusiness Incubation training participants. It also examines potential long-term effects on both organizational performance and the agribusiness incubation ecosystem of participants’ countries of origin.
More than 90% of participants state that the training met their expectations, expressing a high level of satisfaction with the training in terms of content quality, methodology and expertise of the trainers. Participants value the training methodology, its interactivity and the usefulness and relevance of the examples provided.
The training increased knowledge with regard to agribusiness incubation for more than 80% of participants. 64% of participants applied the acquired knowledge, including the development of new training materials, for example to support government extension staff in running incubation centers in Kenya; the improvement of business plans of existing or future incubation centers; the implementation of follow-up trainings; and the development of new services at existing incubators.
The training also generates important opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and networking—creating momentum and awareness for agribusiness incubation in countries with limited incubation experience, ranging from the creation of a Facebook-based knowledge platform serving as an exchange platform for incubation in Mozambique.
Many participants started to work and do business differerently as a result of the training. 56% of participants state that they changed their way of working after the training, including improved strategic planning capabilities as well as increased collaboration inside the organization. Participants who have already worked in an incubator affirm that services in their incubation centers improved after the training. For instance, they are now adapting services to the needs of the agribusiness sector, and have improved their business planning, product development, and incubatee selection processes, which led to the acceptance of better suited clients.
In 75% of the cases, training participants transferred the knowledge they gained to other colleagues within the organization, which contributes to long-term sustainability. The training also led to qualitative evidence of positive effects on the incubation ecosystem. This includes regional collaboration, such as in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia where a memorandum of understanding for the exchange of staff and business match-making for incubatees was established.