How we assist you
AIM clearly assists small and medium-sized international firms that are unable to send delegations to Africa to consider the marketability of their products and services. This offering enables small and micro enterprises the ability to be able to penetrate African markets at a fraction of the price it would cost them if they had to undertake the investigation themselves.
Conversely, having been thoroughly exposed to the often-polarised position of the Southern African farmer and small business owner over the past 33 years, AIM is well-positioned to be able to tailor solutions that are cost-effective, require considerably less management input and yet effective and risk managed. Solutions are practical and the mechanisms user-friendly.
Primary market investigations
AIM assists struggling projects by finding them local, regional, national or even international markets. AIM usually provide the software in order to facilitate trading as well. AIM can assist with the raising of trade finance to facilitate the trade. The firm also assist in establishing a marketing office linked to a market information service (MIS) at project level.
Here aim would assist in developing an investment plan for the project. This business plan could then attract capital and investment from companies that AIM often have access to. Project resuscitation would consider:
- Improved irrigation
- Improved mechanisation
- Improved handling and storage
- Improved processing
- Improved management of the project
- Improved scheduling to markets
- The generation of appropriate training courses
The integration of the project with other potential strategic partners
The provision of appropriate and affordable agricultural equipment
Small farmers are not able to access very expensive capital infrastructure as commercial farmers are able to. For example, a small grain farmer cannot afford expensive grain drying infrastructure. In this case AIM would provide them with a mobile smaller batch grain dryer.
Likewise, a goat farmer might have need for a abattoir, but is unable to transport the goats the long distances to the city-based abattoirs. In this case AIM would once again make available mobile and containerised abattoirs. Note well that these units are fully HACCP, ISO and Global Gap certified.
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AIM is often approached to assist various groupings or individuals in order to consider the marketability of agri-products in various stages of value adding to and from Africa.
AIM primary assists international firms to find and penetrate markets in Africa, particularly so in Southern Africa. Requests range from considering markets strategically or to consider a sector investigation of the client’s products in Africa. These requests usually require AIM to actually identify and commercially engage such markets in the wake of the full engineering of a quoting instrument that would enable the exporter to be able to quote in the relevant incoterm.
Developing export potential from the farms – here in Zambia
Creating platforms where Africa is able to trade globally directly from the farms
AIM has been instrumental in assisting international firms to source local partners in order to facilitate sustained market penetration.
Arranging local supply (Alfalfa) from Africa for international markets – here for Saudi Arabia
Introducing batch processing equipment to smaller agricultural enterprises – here Rwanda
AIM has also been very successful in the past in assisting African-based companies to be able to trade locally and nationally and even export successfully or to identify strategic partnerships abroad in order to facilitate increased rate.
Assisting niche industries to grow – here dates from South Africa
Assisting agribusinesses to grow – here in Lesotho
Establishing critical infrastructure in a cost-effective manner – here a dam for irrigation in Tanzania
Assisting local authorities to develop their agriculture – here for a chief from Tamale in Ghana