Identifying commercial opportunities regarding agricultural production

Mbuyu Capital Partners is a private market investor, focused on Africa. The firm manages some USD 140m, principally for a UK pension fund. A new fund is being launched, Bonde la Ufa BV, to focus on food security and climate change mitigation by investing in the agribusiness sector in East and Southern Africa.

We are looking for an intern to work with us on one or more of three strategies:

  1. Satellite and drone-based technology solutions to improve agricultural production and/or reduce risk for smallholders and commercial farmers in East and Southern Africa;
  2. Climate smart seeds and other solutions such as conservation agriculture to improve the resilience of African agricultural production to climate change and provide mitigation;
  3. The use of integrated pest management and opportunities for the manufacture and distribution of associated products in East and Southern Africa.

The work will consist of researching the area of interest, identifying commercial opportunities, reviewing companies operating in the space both in Africa and elsewhere and identifying a pipeline of potential investments for Bonde la Ufa. We would expect to publish some or all of the work for public discussion.

It is expected that the intern will work closely with and be supported by the Mbuyu Capital investment team and the firm’s network of senior advisers.  We would also welcome input from Wageningen University staff should this be of interest to them.

The role is flexible and can be carried out part-time or more intensively, to suit the candidate’s other commitments.  The scope of the work and a workplan will be defined in detail at the start of the project.

Mbuyu Capital’s investment team members are based in the Netherlands (mostly) and in the UK.  Currently much of the communication and interaction is done remotely, via Zoom.

We are looking for a candidate with a sound agronomy background and preferable some experience or knowledge of the strategy being researched.