To better understand the opportunities and alternatives presented by an assignment, we generate an analytic overview of the context in which the assigned project is embedded.
Our initial analysis is built upon in-depth baseline studies of the status and socio-economic characteristics of the project. We first examine the resources profile in which we evaluate the agricultural potential of four ‘fixed’ resources:
- Land, site and physical characteristics.
- Available and accessible human resources.
- External and internal infrastructure.
- Market access and support structures.
We then examine the operational profile comprised of the ‘organisation drivers’. These are factors which drive the enterprise and interrelate with its fixed-resource base. We explore the compatibility of this relationship and its effects on the project. Typical organisation drivers are:
- Financial structuring and access to capital.
- Movable assets.
- Governance and ownership.
- Workforce capacity.
- Technical competence.
The overall intention in this initial phase is to match our findings, as they relate to the baseline profile, with the assignment’s business and/or development objectives.
This first stage delivers a realistic review of the relationship between business objectives and the technical and operational profiles. A preliminary understanding of the nature and quality of this relationship has an important advantage: it allows the client to re-evaluate (and even reframe) his/her objectives at an early stage in the consulting process.
Analysis and Strategic Assessment
With the assignment contextualised and its possibilities and boundaries broadly defined, we are able to undertake a meaningful analysis of its robustness and its potential for success.
This second phase analysis forms the foundation upon which the strategic plan(s) for the assignment can be built. To arrive at this point, we examine the business positioning of the proposed enterprise, looking at:
- Agricultural operations vs industry best practice.
- Existing technical capacity and projected requirements.
- Resource availability and constraints.
- Economic potential and competitive environment.
- Projected economic outcomes and socio-political impact.
Then we assess the key economic linkages:
- Cost and revenue profiles for existing and proposed scenarios.
- Sensitivities, risk factors and mitigation strategies.
- Forecasted financial performance, capital requirements and IRR.
- Simulated and modelled scenario outcomes identifying key variables.
In this way we present for discussion a consolidated picture of the socio-economic robustness of the assignment plus an assessment of its compatibility with the client’s (possibly amended) vision for it. What remains is a plan for its future trajectory.
Our assessment and project-specific simulation, delivers a rigorous tool for evaluating in some detail the feasibility of primary and alternative agribusiness and agri-development objectives. The analysis reveals important links between qualitative judgements over contexts/resources and quantitative descriptions of operational/financial outcomes. This is essential for informed decision-making
Conclusion and Mapping
Using the micro-economic analysis foundation, we conclude our assignment by consolidating our findings into a roadmap to guide the way forward and give the enterprise its best chance of securing its goals.
We start with a purpose-based discussion with the client to confirm a framework going forward that is both practical and efficacious. This converts into a ‘development roadmap’ consisting of several components, the most important being a timeframe, an action plan and a financing plan. In the final analysis these will be presented, together with our baseline and analytical findings in a final draft report to contain:
- A contemporaneous portrait of the client enterprise from baseline definition to strategic analysis.
- A 360º representation of operating context (including competency assessment).
- A core business strategy (among compatible alternatives).
- Capital needs analysis.
- Financial performance projections
- Modelling, simulation and scenario construction.
We deliver a final report with supporting documentation and implementation plan. Our documentation and reporting formats are packaged to client requirements. Follow-up consultations are available on request.