BIP serves to stimulate product development, and provides expertise and training in commercial agriculture and farm management, and opportunities for market expansion.
This involves identifying pioneering technologies, developing partnership agreements to leverage their potential, refining them into products, test-marketing these products, training partners in manufacturing and marketing, and replicating these operations in other countries.
BIP provides agribusiness opportunities related to seed systems, biotechnologies, and value-added processing.
Currently, BIP hosts three pilot factories for the following technologies:
BIP also houses the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA), a model for youth engagement in agribusiness initiated by IITA. Technical and logistic backstopping is provided by AgriServe, the technical services and consultancy division if BIP, and by IITA’s marketing and training units, which support specific incubation activities.
The products and services offered by BIP are developed using IITA’s science and technologies in breeding & variety screening, genetics, cultivation techniques, plant health, disease control & bio-pesticide development, growth stimulation, vegetative & generative multiplication.