Haile Wako Integrated Farm

Haile Wako Integrated Farm is an agribusiness engaged in out-grower scheme climate-smart seeds production and distribution.

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Initiative's representative name

Adugna Haile Wako

Initiative's representative date of birth


Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • Ethiopia

Headquarters location: city


Where are you making a difference?


Website or social media url(s)

Adugna Haile

Date Started

September 2016.

Project Stage

  • Scaling (expanding impact to many new places or in many new ways)

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • €10k - €50k

Organization Type

  • For-profit

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

Haile Wako Integrated Farm is an agribusiness engaged in climate-smart seeds production and distribution.  E-commercialization of the venture via website-based marketing of its seeds to supply & thereby the creation of market linkage for competition in the international tender bids by registration on the United Nation's Global Market (UNGM) website.  Enhancing small-holder farmers' productivity and improving the incomes of these farmers by the out-grower scheme are the central aspects of the business venture's growth

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

In Ethiopia, on average about 9 million people are in food shortage every year ; ❖ Seeds’ Demand-Supply gaps: Only 3.5% of 12 mill hectares of land are planted with improved seeds.

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Therefore; the integrated farm is solving the wider seed demand-supply gaps: ✓ Via climate-smart seeds’ production and enhanced productivity; ✓ Via Web-based tender alert competition and seeds’ supply & ✓ Via realization of the small-holder farmers’ out-grower scheme.

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

Use of out-grower schemes; ✓ Usage of IoT; ✓ Participation in e-tender bids; ✓ Drip irrigation practices & ✓ Intercropping & crop rotation in place

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

The business model of Haile Wako integrated Farm is that: ❖ The farm purchases seeds from seeds agency & research organization and then about engage youth and women during production in the form of the out-grower scheme; ❖ We deliver technical support for farmers during production and buy seeds from them; ❖ Having our logo we package seeds and compete for tender bids with NGOs and UN agencies, given won sale seeds and increased profitability. ❖ This is clearly elaborated in the following slide.

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

Use of climate-smart agriculture such as crop rotation, drip irrigation and Internet of Things (IoT) ✓ by engaging 500 small-holder farmers by the out-grower scheme on 1000 hectares for producing seeds; ❖ Registered business on the UN web for tender bids by an online platform and ❖ Have been awarded by various Ethiopian regional and federal governments due to its high performance. ❖ The farm has been selected for the African Youth Agripreneurs Forum (AYAF) of 2019 held in Cape Town, South Africa.

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

Utilizing out-grower scheme by inculcating small-holder farmers; Use of climate smart-technologies for enhanced productivity & Joining the export-market by producing value-added products.

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

✓Use of climate-smart agriculture such as crop rotation, drip irrigation, and Internet of Things (IoT) & ✓ by engaging 500 small-holder farmers by the out-grower scheme on 1000 hectares for producing seeds;

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

Investment required for expansion: The total investment required for expansion is $560,000 in grant funding form. Use of funds ❖ Rent of drilling machine+ purchase of irrigation equipment + contractor payment ❖ To establish a tomato processing company as the fund is fully secured.

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

Mr. Adugna Haile Economist Founder & CEO Mr. Wubshet Haile Co-founder & Financial manager Management Team expertise: economist, agronomist & accountant. Ownership: 100% by founders. Mr. Haile Wako Experienced Agronomist & Co-founder & Product manager

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Email

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 Apply hydroponic farm solution of wheatgrass production in a green-house for efficient and smart use of water without soil;
 Barley grass for animal feed and produced in a week period and feed production in a week circular manner;
 Supply Barley grass as animal feed both for own farm and for smallholder farmers &
 Use biogas & dung as organic fertilizer to regenerate soil fertility.