AADSS is currently one of Africa's leading Agri-consultancies and its dedication to promoting positive profitable change in the Africa agricultural transformation is unmatched.
Most of our consulting work is on writing feasibility and business plans for farming projects. This entails a whole farm planning.
AADSS make a distinction between a ‘commercial farming business plan’ and a ‘land reform farming business plan’. We do both. In the ‘land reform farm business plan’ more emphasis will be placed on sustainability and the socio-political and human development factors compared to what would normally be the case for a commercial farming business plan. Both these types of business plans will however serve the purpose for approval of funding, either via grants or commercial bank loans.
According to the FAO, sustainability of a farming business is dependent on numerous factors. The FAO has identified productivity, conservation of natural resources, economic viability, security and social acceptability as the five pillars of sustainability.
However, reviews of most literature concluded that economic, socio-political and environmental factors are the overarching determinants of medium and long term farming success.
It is very important to compile a detailed and comprehensive business plan based on a proper feasibility study. The diagram below illustrates the components of the final business plan output, that should be done for every land reform project. The first component of the study is the feasibility of the project. If a project is not feasible on paper it will rarely succeed in practice.
The feasibility comprises of five elements to ensure that all aspects required are considered. These five elements comprise of: a technical, environmental, economic, financial and social/institutional assessment. They are listed below in no particular order, but normally the technical elements will be evaluated first because this will determine if the plan will be practical or not