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The African Seed Company Toolbox

The African Seed Company Toolbox was written by Aline O'Connor and underwritten by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help entrepreneurial African seed business managers.
Click Here to download a pdf of the Toolbox (10.51 MB)
Click Here for a low resolution version (4.47 MB)

The individual exhibits for the Toolbox, which can be tailored to meet individual company needs, are also available below.


3a Certified Seed Production Planning Spreadsheet
3b SeedPlan4 Workbook CIMMYT JMacRobert
5a Grower Rating Form-Completed
5b Grower Rating Form-Blan
5c Outgrower Yield Comparison Spreadsheet
6a Outgrower Contract-Sample
8a Hybrid Maize Inspection Report-Sample
9a Production Record Spreadsheet
12a Dryer Bin Ticket
13a Inventory Tracker Spreadsheet
14a Illustration of Seed Storage Life
15a Bulk Seed Storage Inspection Ticket
16a Licensing Agreement-Sample
25a Load Sheet Example
26a Product Sales Tracking Report Spreadsheet
26b Scoreboard Report Spreadsheet
27a Agrodealer Rating-Blank
30 Seed Company Checklist
33 Basic Excel Information
35a Cash Flow Statement Spreadsheet
39a Partnership Agreement-Sample  
43a Seed Company Skills Matrix-Completed  
43b Seed Company Skills Matrix-Blank
44a Seed Company Organizational Chart
46a Sample Job Description - Quality Assurance Manager
46b Sample JobDescription - Director of Finance and Admin
46c Sample Job Description - Processing Location Manager
47a Income Statement Spreadsheet
47b Balance Sheet Spreadsheet
51a Business Economics Summary Spreadsheet
51b Income Statement Budget & Forecast Spreadsheet

Contact Us
Agri Experience Ltd
P.o. Box 1720 - 00606,
Sarit Center, Nairobi.
Tel: +254 20 2626888
Cell: +254 719 554 154/ 775 825706/ 713 819406
Email: info@agri-experience.com
Website : www.agri-experience.com



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As our name implies, we have deep experience 
in agriculture, particularly in seed



What We Believe

Sorghum, Burkina Faso

Soya, Kenya

Maize trial, Mali

Climbing beans, Rwanda

Soya, Burkina Faso



We believe that agriculture is one of the most important sectors in the world – having major impacts on health, nutrition, the environment, security, economies, and social development

We believe that sub-Saharan Africa has vast untapped agricultural potential, and that African farmers and entrepreneurs should be given the opportunity and tools to tap this potential

We believe that practical solutions to agricultural challenges, based on deep experience, can deliver significant results in sub-Saharan Africa, and that theory does not substitute for experience

We believe that Africa’s women farmers should play significant roles in developing agriculture in their countries

We believe that seed systems are one of the key foundation stones upon which a strong agriculture sector must rest. 

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Our clients and partners understand the need
for sustainable seed systems.  They are committed
to developing these systems so that African farmers
can access, on a reliable and affordable basis,
the same quality of resources available to
farmers in other parts of the world.

Mususya Kaisali, farmer, Mutitu, Kenya, after planting improved hybrid maize seed

  We have extensive experience in:

  • Training, for both small and large groups
  • Due diligence for funds, corporate investors, and donors
  • Strategy development for an overall entity, or a specific department
  • Market assessment, including structure, trends, opportunities, and key issues
  • Finance, including financial analysis, control, and investment decisions
  • Staff recruitment for business functions
  • Business coaching, for individuals or teams

Cassava, Rwanda

    Our African Outreach
    Rice seed harvest, Sierra Leone
    Hybrid maize seed ears, Malawi     Seed quality field training, Ethiopia
    Improved yellow maize, Mali
Maize trial, Mali
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