Our Partners


DAI works on the frontlines of global development, transforming ideas into action—action into impact. We are committed to shaping a more livable world. DAI’s mission is to make a lasting difference in the world by helping people improve their lives. We envision a world in which communities and societies become more prosperous, fairer and better governed, safer, healthier, and environmentally more sustainable.

An employee-owned company with more than 2,000 employees worldwide, DAI implements approximately 150 projects in 85 countries across multiple sectors: economic growth, governance, health, information and communications technology, environment and energy, stability, and corporate services. Its clients include the U.S. Agency for International Development, EC, DFID, EBRD, U.S. Department of Defense, Millennium Challenge Corporation, U.S. Department of Labor, World Bank, World Food Programme, and various private companies and national and subnational governments.

In everything we do, we live by four core values:

  • Integrity: we have an uncompromising commitment to civility and ethical behaviour. We play by the rules and do the right thing.
  • Responsibility: we are accountable to our clients, our colleagues, and the communities where we work. If we fall short, we own up, fix the problem, and get it right the next time.
  • Excellence: we demand of ourselves the highest technical and professional standards. We celebrate innovation, learning, and service. We have an unwavering desire to “stretch,” as individuals and as an organization.
  • Global Citizenship: we are a global company with a global outlook. We depend on our diversity, respect the cultures in which we work, and treat everyone, everywhere with professionalism and dignity. We thrive on collaboration with our partners around the world, and share with them the hope that our work will leave the world a better place.


KPMG operates as a network of more than 162,000 professionals in 155 countries around the world delivering quality in Audit, Tax and Advisory services. In Africa, Middle East and South Asia, KPMG has a notable ‘Footprint’ and is well used to serving clients across the region. KPMG in Africa has 33 offices servicing 54 countries across the continent.

International Development Advisory Services (IDAS) Africa is a KPMG Centre of Excellence in development advisory work on the continent. It has adopted a pan-African approach to development, employing full-time development experts complemented by a network of champions across the continent to deliver services in programme and fund management, Agribusiness, Health & Innovation, organisational assessment and development, renewable energy and adaptation to climate change, private sector development, and extractive industries.

For FoodTrade ESA KPMG advises and administers defined parts of the Challenge Fund and Development Fund through the use of long term staff and short term advisors. KPMG supports in reviewing and refining grant and fund management policies and procedures, vetting applications against eligibility criteria, assessment of concept notes and full business plans, pre-grant reviews and grants management.


africapractice is a pan-African strategic advisory and communications consultancy dedicated to supporting responsible business and informed investment in Africa. It assists its clients to identify opportunity, manage risk and generate shared advantage for themselves, their investors, the communities which host them and the governments that regulate them. As one of the leading sub-Saharan strategy consultancies and a core FoodTrade ESA partner, africapractice is supporting the programme in the area of strategic communications.

Michigan State University

Michigan State University is one of the top research universities in the world. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders. MSU’s Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics supports FoodTrade ESA on research related to food marketing and trade policy.


ReNAPRI is an African-led, regionally coordinated group of national agricultural policy research institutes duly established and operating in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region. ReNAPRI is strategically represented in nine member countries through recognized research institutes and has a vision is to support national agricultural policy research institutes in Africa to be centres of excellence that guide and inform national and regional agricultural and food security policy issues.

More specifically, FoodTrade ESA will be working with ReNAPRI on knowledge management, communications and dissemination to ensure that key programme stakeholders are able to secure timely access to relevant information for evidence-based decision-making. In this regard, one of the major outputs and expected deliverables under the partnership includes the development of a knowledge management system that collates available knowledge relating to food staples into a one stop portal. This portal will be hosted and managed by ReNAPRI positioning both institutions as thought leaders in the regional staple food markets,

Further to this, over the course of the partnership, ReNAPRI will undertake both country-specific and regional studies on issues relevant to the development of the regional staple food markets with the support of FoodTrade ESA. These studies and their outcomes will be communicated to various stakeholders such as policy makers, traders, and farmers through targeted outreach activities such as private/public sector policy dialogues and dissemination workshops that will ensure that relelvant information is shared with stakeholders that can facilitate future actions.