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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  • I am 18 years old or older.

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

Evaluation results

4 evaluations so far


Yes, absolutely! - 50%

Yes/maybe - 25%

Maybe - 0%

Maybe/no - 0%

No - 25%


5 —Absolutely! It’s crystal clear how the solution is directly contributing to preserving and/or restoring biodiversity. - 25%

4—Yes, it establishes a clear connection to biodiversity. - 50%

3—Somewhat, the entry speaks to biodiversity but the direct impact is not well established and/or it is focused on a single species without considering its impact on the broader ecosystem - 0%

2—Not really, the connection to biodiversity is weak - 0%

1—No. The entry does not reference the solution’s impact on biodiversity. - 25%

3. 3) Is this entry IMPACTFUL?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think so. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

4. 4) Is this entry INNOVATIVE?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think so. - 75%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

5. 5) Is this entry VIABLE financially and operationally?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 50%

4- Yes, I think so. - 0%

3- Maybe. - 50%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%


5 -Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think so. - 25%

3- Maybe. - 75%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

7. 7) Does this entry value COLLABORATION WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS in its approach?

5- Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think ko. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 50%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

8. 8) FEEDBACK – Highlights

INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful new solutions - 100%

IMPACT: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) and you have a plan for measuring impact - 100%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: You have a thoughtful plan for growth and your founding team has a strong combination of leadership and knowledge-based skills - 50%

VIABIBLITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work from a financial perspective in the present and future - 100%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You value thinking around how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 50%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: You have a clearly defined plan on how to maximize shared value across multiple sectors and stakeholders - 100%

WRITING STYLE: Your writing style is concise, descriptive, clear, and specific - 50%

Other option - 0%

9. 9) FEEDBACK - Areas for Improvement

INNOVATION: Be more specific in your description of the research you have done into the past solutions to this problem and focus on how your solution is unique and innovative - 66.7%

IMPACT: Provide specific instances of your social impact and how you plan to measure impact – it may be helpful to describe the beneficiaries, products and programming, and provide evidence of (or plan for) how to measure impact - 100%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: Your plan for growing the organization can benefit from more specifics. How can you round out the various skills of your current leadership team to make the project a long-term success? - 33.3%

VIABILITY: Make sure you have provided descriptive information about your financial sustainability plan. Where do the funds come from now and do you have a concrete plan for future sustainability? - 66.7%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: your plan can benefit from more thought on how to create value for all stakeholders, not just immediate beneficiaries - 66.7%

WRITING STYLE: Try to be more concise, descriptive, clear, and specific. Avoid jargon. - 33.3%

Nothing – I thought everything was great! - 0%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: Try to provide more insights into how you are activating changemakers and empowering them to innovate through your product or programming - 0%

Other option - 0%

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