July 2016: Our team left to Benin for their field study on rice and cashews, and with new contracts rapidly materialising this is only the first field study in a busy series that will include Mozambique, Zambia, Rwanda, and Nagaland in the north-east of India as upcoming destinations.

June 2016: Sense has been contracted by the GiZ to perform a detailed economic analysis of processing, trade and farming business models in the cashew and rice value chains in Benin, and develop new financial products with local banks.

May 2016: Sense finished the development of a business plan and business model for SODEPAL, a baby cereal factory in Burkina Faso, and started the process of looking for investors. Read the case here.

April 2016: Sense completed a business development training programme for Dutch NGO Tropenbos in Ghana. After two on-site business plan development workshops in Sunyani, Sense assisted three different emerging wood-processing companies in producing business plans for finance: MB-GEJJ Charcoal, RABwood Timber, and a timber plantation for sustainable wood sourcing. Read the case here.

March 2016: Our team leader traveled to Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso to work with local consultants and entrepreneurs on various projects. Sense is helping the Dutch Embassy in Accra with study of the tropical fruit value chain in Ivory Coast, focusing on export opportunities for bananas, mangoes, and pineapples. In Burkina Faso, Sense was contracted by USAID for business development and finance facilitation for a baby cereal factory and a new shea butter factory.

March 2016: With a busy start to the year, Sense reported back with recommendations to the GiZ on the economic feasibility of peanut processing in South and West Africa. Click here for a summary and here for the full report.

February 2016: A new colleague has joined us in the office. A warm welcome to our agronomist Barry Clausen. Barry will bring another layer of expertise in agri-development and agri-processing to Sense’s offering.

January 2015: A team of 5 people has started market research into the milk market in Tanzania for Tanga Fresh Dairy. This is part of a larger project to develop a business plan and business model for expansion of the Tanga factory, managed by Sense. This project is funded by the African Development Bank.

November 2014: Sense is being contracted by GiZ to assist in the Development of the Potato Industry in Kenya. Our market researchers will analyse the market for potato snacks and frozen chips in Kenya, perform an economic analyses of 5 processors and will identify strategies to finance mechanisation of potato farming and processing.

October 2014: Our market researcher travelled to Ecuador to present the results of the Pro-EcuadorCBI funded study into The German Chocolate Market. Over 60 participants listened to the possibilities for chocolate and cocoa exporters in the German market.

September 2014: We have completed the second Trainer of Trainers workshop for Business Plan Development in Ghana for Tropenbos International. The business plans for small scale timber mills, afro-forestry plantations and professional charcoal producers in Ghana are nearing completion.  The results of our first economic analyses of the profitability of Small Timber Mills is available here.

July 2014: Sense has completed a very interesting study of the Chocolate Market in Germany for the Center of Export Promotions from Developing Countries (CBI), part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands

May 2014: Sense has been contracted by Tropenbos International to develop and give a Business Plans Development workshop for small scale timber mills, agro-forestry plantations and professional charcoal producers in Ghana. The work is part of their sustainable forestry program.

October 2013: Sense signed a new contract with the World Bank for development support of the fruit processing industry in Mali and Burkina Faso for 2013/2014. Sense will work on:

  • The development of fruit drying technology
  • Diversification into other fruits
  • Production& marketing of fruit bars from by-products of fruit drying
  • Development of a quality label/ brand for dried fruits from Mali and Burkina Faso for the EU market