Our Work

Rogers MacJohn works with a diversity of public, social, and private sector clients, including…

African Cashew Initiative

African Cashew Initiative: An eight-year, $70m partnership with multinational corporations and local processors to catalyze the growth of the cashew industry across five African countries. Impact to date has been the doubling of incomes for 430,000 households and the creation of over 5,000 processing jobs, mostly for women. Awarded 2015 OECD DAC prize for “taking development innovation to scale”: 

Project Nurture

Project Nurture was a four-year $12m project developed to help Coca-Cola’s African Business Unit switch to local sourcing of fruit for Minute Maid products with the aim of increasing the incomes of over 50,000 smallholder farmers in East Africa by over 140% while reducing lead times and costs for Coca-Cola. Awarded the 2016 P3 Impact Award “in recognition of the world’s most impactful public-private partnerships”. 

Establishing the African Cotton Foundation

Worked in partnership with leading African and global cotton companies to establish an industry foundation to support a sustainable, modern, and thriving African cotton sector – where farmers and profitable, cotton-growing communities are empowered, human rights are respected, and the environment is conserved.  Rogers MacJohn assisted the ACF in establishing an impact strategy, governance and management structure, budget, partner outreach plan, and program priorities.

Assessment of Seed Distribution System and Marketing of Bt Cotton in Ethiopia

Rogers MacJohn provided an analysis of the feasibility for Ethiopian smallholders and value chain partners to adopt Bt cotton and the key risks posed with the goal of better understanding the challenges and opportunities related to the commercialization of Bt cotton in Ethiopia from the perspective of multiple public and private stakeholders.

Positioning the Sustainable Rice Platform to Transform the Global Rice Sector

Rogers MacJohn interviewed and surveyed global and local rice companies, development experts, research institutes, and civil society to highlight key priorities, risks, and trends facing rice farmers and businesses throughout the value chain. We then facilitated a two-day workshop in Bangkok to help SRP members translate these insights and trends into a 5-year strategy, key performance indicators, and governance structure for maximum impact and scale.

Smallholder Farmer Debt and TA Facility

Designed a finance facility for efficiently deploying investment and debt capital relevant for seed, venture, and growth-stage agribusiness SME’s in developing countries to minimize transaction costs and risk while maximizing development impact. By partnering with value chain development programs focused on technical assistance and aligning stakeholders along the entire value chain, financing facilities can be made far more impactful by providing the working capital needed for these growing SME’s to thrive in a broader supply chain ecosystem.

Ethiopian Agribusiness Accelerator

Developed strategy for improving growth in Ethiopia through foreign direct investment and SME incubation. Established domestic agribusiness accelerator in partnership with Ethiopia’s Agricultural Transformation Agency.

Myanmar Agribusiness Development Strategy

Developed a set of strategic recommendations for growing investment in the Burmese agribusiness sector. The team conducted a private sector perception survey to highlight key investment risks in addition to an undertaking a market and value chain analysis for two of the country’s most widely-produced commodities to identify key supply bottlenecks and priority regions for investment based on the potential for market competitiveness and poverty reduction. A framework for tailoring support to agribusiness SME’s based on the stage of development and need for investment and debt capital with accompanying technical assistance was also established to incubate early- and growth-stage SME’s.

Disrupting Commodities

Rogers MacJohn successfully aided the road prosperity in Burmese agribusiness sector by developing a set of strategic recommendations for growing investment opportunities. The team pinpointed undertook a market and value chain analysis and generated data from a private sector perception survey for two of Burma’s most widely produced commodities. As a result the team identified key elements to successful investment, including supply bottlenecks and how market competitiveness and poverty reduction would highlight priority investment regions. Rogers MacJohn was also responsible for laying the vital groundwork necessary to support growing SMEs, with framework on investment, debt capital and technical assistance.

Cash/Staple Crop Synergies in Farmer Resilience

Analyzed the critical synergies between small-scale production of industrial crops such as coffee, primarily sold for cash, and food crops such as maize and beans, primarily grown for household consumption. The business case was developed for coffee companies to extend farmer training programs to food crop production based on the positive impact intercropping had on coffee yields. In parallel, the business case was also developed for development agencies and governments to support the growth of coffee sector investment based on the critical role coffee plays in providing the much-needed cash flow for farmers to purchase high-quality inputs for food crop production and in purchasing food during the hunger season.

Cocoa Livelihoods Program

Worked to structure $34m in grants leveraging $50m in private and public investment from 16 multinational cocoa processors, traders, and branded chocolate manufacturers (Mars, Hershey, Kraft, Cargill, ADM, Barry Callebaut, Ecom, Armajaro) to double the productivity and incomes of over 200,000 West African cocoa farmers while improving reliability and quality of cocoa supply.

East African Coffee Initiative

$47m project to link 160,000 small East African coffee farmers in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya with global markets to improve productivity, value addition, and quality to double incomes. Partners include Nestle, Starbucks, Armajaro, Ecom Trading, Olam, and Hans-Neumann.

East African Coffee Initiative

$47m project to link 160,000 small East African coffee farmers in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya with global markets to improve productivity, value addition, and quality to double incomes. Partners include Nestle, Starbucks, Armajaro, Ecom Trading, Olam, and Hans-Neumann.