Business / Research Analyst (Value Chain) – Early Stage (1-3 years)

In this role, one is expected to research and analyse primary & secondary data to help design a research report. Research reports can focus on various aspects in the agricultural value chain like  input sales, consumer behavior, crop productivity, soil analysis, water availability among others.

You can expect specific questions around the positioning of the company in the value chain and product/service categories in which they operate. The questions suggested below provide can serve as a good preparatory questions set for a sales roles across the value chain: 

  1. What is the best approach to making crop choice & crop variety decisions? 
  2. What are the Interesting developments and opportunities to look for in Agri-finance?
  3. What sorting and grading innovations are finding adoption for food commodities? 
  4. What cold chain innovations are finding adoption for fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, milk and meat? 
  5. Who are the critical players (stakeholders) in linear food & agribusiness value chains? 
  6. How are incentives distributed for different stakeholders in a food distribution system? 
  7. Which current industry trend/development is attracting your interest? Why?
  8. Which regions & product categories are receiving investments with the food & agribusiness? 
  9. How can digital technologies support smallholders in improving the accessing, choosing and affording of right inputs?
  10. How can digital technologies support both buyers and sellers in marketing and sales management?
  11. What are the benefits of temperature control in food products while in transit?
  12. What are the different functions of packaging?
  13. What is the need for an accounting for an individual / a company?
  14. What are the fundamentals and principles beneath the standard accounting practices that are followed by companies?
  15. What is the difference between a business model and a business plan?

If you are comfortable in answering and having a good discussion on the above questions we wish you a lot of success. If you would like to have preparation support we recommend you the following digital school courses:)