AICCRA Zambia launch AgDataHub and I2G; host investor roundtable

AICCRA Zambia Accelerator Program Investor Roundtable

The AICCRA Zambia Accelerator Program is curating a cohort of 14 climate-smart agri-SMEs, clustered into five innovation bundles and working along multiple value chains and regions in Zambia. Over the last six months, AICCRA Zambia has been working closely with these SMEs to scale research innovations into the Zambian agricultural sector. To achieve the ambitious target of reaching 300.000 smallholder farmers through the program, AICCRA provides 50.000 USD in de-risking grants per bundle as well as tailor-made technical assistance in the form of scientific advisory and investment readiness. AICCRA also measures climate-smart indicators, providing the science-based evidence for the impact that our SMEs are generating.

Our high-caliber SMEs are looking for access to other types of finance and investment. We will host a Demo Day in September 2022 to connect our SMEs to suitable investors. In preparation for this event, we want to have an investor roundtable with key players from the Zambian (impact) investment landscape. We want to present our approach and to gain an understanding of the expectations that public, concessional or private investors raise towards our science-driven accelerator program.

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 

Radisson Blu, Lusaka 


Time Description  Lead 
09:00 – 09:05 


Hauke Dahl 
09:05 – 09:15  Opening remarks 
  • Ana Maria Loboguerrero 
  • Inga Jacobs-Mata 
    AICCRA Zambia
09:15 – 09:20  Introductions  Hauke Dahl
09:20 – 09:30  Partner presentation on investor landscape  Haggai Chomba
09:30 – 10:00  Presentation of Accelerator partner's pipeline 
  • Hauke Dahl
    AICCRA Zambia 
  • Oscar Garza
  • Andreea Nowak
10:00 – 10:30  Reactions and discussions  Mercy Zulu-Hume 
10:30 – 10:45  Break  
10:45 – 11:45 

Discussion on Ecosystem synergies 

  • Pipeline sharing and co-investment 

  • Facilitating term debt and working capital 

  • Blended finance mechanisms 

  • Hauke Dahl
  • Mercy Zulu-Hulme


11:45 – 12:15  Impact measurement and management  
  • Hauke Dahl
  • Mercy Zulu-Hulme
12:15 - 12:20  Partner reflections 

John Ndungu

12:20 – 12:30  Recap of key points and next steps  Hauke Dahl

Workshop: Establishment and sustainable operation of the AgDataHub in Zambia  

AICCRA Zambia is in the process to develop an AgDataHub with the overarching goal towards a data ecosystem to support blending of climate science and agriculture through technology and partnerships. The AgDataHub will be anchored and owned by SMART Zambia Institute while co-creation of the end-product will be done with anticipated next users. 

This session presents an opportunity for the various stakeholders to reflect on strategies to strengthen their collaboration on data sharing as an input to the AgDataHub and how to effectively benefit from its output. The session intends to provide insights on how the output from the AgDataHub can enhance the dissemination of CIS and CSA among end users to increase productivity and resilience.

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 

SMART Zambia Institute, Fairley Rd, Lusaka

Time Description Lead  
14:00 – 14:05  Welcome SMART Zambia   
14:05 – 14:15  Introductions and scene-setting 
  • Inga Jacobs-Mata
    AICCRA Zambia
  • Martin Moyo
14:15 – 14:35  Introduction to SMART Zambia: Its mandate, operations and current priorities 

SMART Zambia

14:35 – 15:05
  • Agdatahub: Aims, structure and applications  
  • Creation and utilisation of Agdatahub with examples (Nextgen dashboard Senegal, Kenya and India) 
Ram Dhulipala
15:05 – 15:25
  • Flood and drought indicators  
  • Giriraj Amarnath
15:25 – 15:45
  • ISAT: A system for generating and disseminating location specific agro-advisories and its impact 

  • Decision trees for aquatic food systems 

  • Amos Ngwira
    World Fish
  • KPC Rao
15:45 – 16:15  Break and Group Photo     
16:15 – 17:15 

Facilitated discussions to identify: 

  • Key partners and their roles 

  • Data availability and data access 

  • Hosting and Maintenance and other governance issues 

  • Way forward 

SMART Zambia  
Launch: Internship and Innovation Grant (I2G) 

Hosted in Zambia by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), AICCRA-Zambia partner with national universities and private sector entities to implement the internship and innovation grant program with the private sector (I2G program) to generate capabilities of individuals and institutions to deliver on the ‘translational research’ into business and commercialization.

The I2G program supports young entrepreneurs and young professionals through the private sector working experience and demand-driven innovation development. The overall objective of I2G program is to build greater trust, knowledge sharing, and collaboration between the private sector, public sector, and research institutions that, in turn, contribute to an enabling environment to scale CSA-CIS bundles in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.

The I2G program has been implemented through five modalities:

  • The internship with private sector entities
  • CSA-CIS hackathon for innovation development
  • Business incubation for innovation commercialization
  • CSA-CIS demand-driven research
  • CSA-CIS integration into educational curriculums.

Wednesday, 27 July 2022 I2G Launch 

Confucius Institute at the University of Zambia (UNZA) main campus, Great East Road, Lusaka 





Arrival registration  


08:45 – 08:50 


  • Inga Jacobs-Mata
    AICCRA-Zambia Lead
  • Winnie Kasoma-Pele
    Research Officer, AICCRA Zambia 
  • Benson Chishala
    Dean School of Agriculture, University of Zambia 

08:50 – 09:00 

Opening remarks & scene setting 


  • Rachael McDonnell
    Deputy Director General, IWMI 
  • Ana Maria Loboguerrer
    Director AICCRA

09:00 – 09:10 

Round table introduction  


09:10 – 09:30 

Insights into CSA-CIS related business needs and challenges 


Minh Thai

09:30 – 09:50 

About the AICCRA I2G program in Zambia 


  • Inga Jacobs-Mata
  • Victor Siamudaala 

09:50 – 10:15 



10:15 – 10:45 

Coffee break and group photo 


10:45 – 11:00 

EDGE-AICCRA Internship Program to scale SME’s competitiveness 

Jean-Frederic Beauchesne

Chief of Party, EDGE Programme, ACDI/VOCA 

11:00 – 11:15 

Open innovation and incubation for CSI-CSA business challenges 

Simunza Muyangana

Co-founder and Director, BongoHive 

11:15 – 11:25 


Kalumbila Mines 

11:15 – 11:30 

Strengthening/integrating CSA-CIS in higher education curricula 


11:30 – 12:30 

Panel discussion: Reflection on capacity building in relation to CSA-CIS and the way forward 


  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Ministry of Green Economy and the Environment
  • Ministry of Higher Education
  • Kalumbila Mines
  • Accelerator Partner
  • Mulungushi/CBU 

Lizzy Muzungaire

12:30 – 13:30  



13:30 – 14:00 

Press Briefing 


13:50 – 14:05 

I2G Lightning Design Jam session 

Arrival of students 


14:05 – 14:15 

Programme overview 


14:15 – 14:25 



14:25 – 14:30 



14:30 – 16:00 

Ideas jam


16:00 – 16:10 

Feedback and Q&A 


16:10 – 16:20 

Winners announced and prize giving (and group photo) 


16:20 – 16:30 

Programme close


Zambian students - Apply for the ideas jam by 20 July

Workshop: How media and communications networks reach agricultural communities in Zambia

AICCRA Zambia supports diverse media channels that create and stimulate a partnership ecosystem to disseminate climate information service and climate smart agriculture to farming communities in Zambia.

This session provides an opportunity for media companies, government organizations, farmer representatives and researchers to reflect upon the diverse communication and outreach activities, and how they intend to strengthen the acceleration of climate smart agriculture (CSA) innovations and practices along value chains, for farmers to practice CSA on their farms. 

The session will bring out insights and lessons how communications can strengthen networks more effectively, in collaboration with the AICCRA partners.

Thursday, 28 July 2022  

Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka 





Arrival registration  


08:45 – 09:00 

Welcome and opening remarks 

Inga Jacobs-Mata AICCRA Zambia

09:00 – 09:20 

Overview and objectives: Communicating climate information services and climate smart agriculture 

Sabine Homann-Kee Tui
AICCRA Zambia 

09:20 – 09:40 

TV episodes profiling value chain partners 

Georgina Smith Shamba Shape Up 

09:40 – 10:00 

Multi Media campaigns 

Daliso Chitundu Agricomm 

10:20 – 10:40 

Radio programs to enhance reaching smallholders 

Norman Tembo NAIS

10:40 – 11:00 

Outreach to accelerate climate innovation: entry points at network and community levels 

Melanie Wilkinson
Lima Links

11:00 – 11:30 

Break & Group Photo 

11:30 – 12:30 

Validation of the outreach strategy 

Break out group discussion:  

  • How do comms channels support accelerators’ outreach? 

  • Implications for AICCRA/investors 

  • Highlights and lessons 


12:30 – 12:55 

Reporting back 


12:55 – 13:00 

Meeting closure 

Sabine Homann-Kee Tui

13:00 – 14:00 


14:00 – 15:00 

Visit to Ministries 

  • Livestock & fisheries 


16:00 – 17:00 

Visit to Ministries 

  • Small/medium enterprises 




15:00 – 17:30 

IWMI Zambia Project Office Launch