Overcoming disruptive challenges to your agribusiness growth

Agribusinesses worldwide face an array of complex local and global challenges, from climate, population, consumption to unforeseen, leftfield disruptors. With the right guidance, those dynamics can provide opportunities, rather than obstacles, to growth.

Our analysts are adept in removing uncertainty, providing the market analysis, feasibility and financial information necessary to provide all the clarity needed for informed decision making. On top of that, we work with clients to execute a sustainable way ahead to completion. In essence, we pave the way to fully realising that opportunity.

Geographical know-how

In Europe, the major challenge is the requirement for high-quality, traceable food, while smaller producers face increasing competition from large-scale farmers across the globe.

In the Middle East and parts of Africa, arable land is limited, and weather conditions are extreme. Driven by government policy, farming is moving away from water-intensive commodities such as wheat, rice and potatoes towards higher-value crops such as fruit and fresh produce, with new technologies changing the face of agribusiness.

Elsewhere, in sub-Saharan Africa or Eastern Europe, the land is abundant and fertile, but supply chains are weak, and infrastructure is lacking.

In South America, the demand for food is rising and wealthier consumers seek a greater variety of goods. But proximity to big cities and the dominance of global firms create a mercilessly competitive environment.

Worldwide, policymakers obsess with feeding growing, often upwardly mobile, populations while being mindful of climate impact.

All these evolving variables add up to significant opportunities for local and international operators.

Global agribusiness consultant expertise is vital for investment amid disruption

Sensing this opportunity, strategic and financial investors are racing to capture value from innovation and disruption in food and agriculture. Finding and evaluating the right investment opportunity is far from easy. Agribusiness is a highly specialised sector and investing requires a deep understanding of production methods, geographies, climates, and complex value chains impacted by policymaking as well as global supply and demand movements.

Many relevant investment opportunities are in geographies unfamiliar to some investors, and their profitability rests not only on crop yields but also on how different parts of the value chain perform. At Farrelly & Mitchell, we can provide in-depth due diligence, technical, operational, strategic, investment or project implementation expertise across the global agribusiness value chain.

Our agribusiness sector expertise

With a proven agribusiness operational track-record, we have helped many clients better the quality and efficiency of their business and identify areas for investment, divestment or improvement. Our team has hands-on experience in the following sectors:

Poultry meat & eggs

Poultry meat and eggs are one of the most efficient and cost-effective sources of animal protein in the world. Both emerging and developing markets are experiencing exponential growth in these important sectors and many niche or value-added opportunities exist in mature markets.

We have helped numerous companies across the world identify and execute growth and expansion plans and in some cases restructure or reposition their business for sustainable growth in highly competitive markets. We help to:

  • Identify and mitigate key challenges for a profitable poultry business
  • Optimise growth & expansion in tandem with market opportunities and environmental constraints
  • Manage poultry business operational planning & project implementation

Permanent & row crop farming

Throughout the world, there is a mismatch between urban markets and availability of good land and water resources. Now, the emphasis is moving away from low-value foods to premium crops such as fresh fruit and produce, supported in many cases by government policy and initiatives. And all permanent and row crop production is benefiting from better cultivation techniques and irrigation technologies, driven by a “smart farming” approach.

A sample of our experience covers just some of the following primary food and feed crops:

Permanent crops

Row crops


Mango, orange, cocoa, soft fruits

Pineapple, cassava, maize, soybeans, rice, potatoes, cowpea beans, tomatoes, okra, carrots, red watermelon, onions and wheat.

Groundnut, cashew etc.

Farrelly & Mitchell can help you to proactively tackle market opportunities profitably by:

  • Sourcing and evaluating optimal agri-land investment opportunities
  • Helping to grow crops profitably and sustainably to ensure uninterrupted supply
  • Crop farming operational and business planning and implantation
  • Balancing ecological responsibility with socio-economic costs and benefits

Livestock farming

Due to land and water scarcity near many of the world’s population centres, farmers are struggling to cope. There is urgent demand for on-the-ground expertise in feed and animal husbandry, an area in which we routinely provide innovation and improved efficiency, guiding response to current and future production challenges.

Our global agribusiness consultants have a rich track record in addressing concerns around animal health, feedstocks and environmental impact in designing solutions for clients throughout the sector.

Dairy farming

In terms of feeding ever-growing populations, largescale intensive or confinement dairy farming has obvious benefits, but there are also health and safety, regulatory and human and animal health aspects to understand, comply with and build into agribusiness models.

Our clients benefit from our knowledge of these subjects while optimising yields, efficiencies and quality in dairy production.

Extensive grass-based systems fit the modern societal appetite for ethically and environmentally sustainable produce. We guide clients through the complexity involved, regarding such themes as land and water scarcity before the undoubted profitability of this system can be fully realised.

Feed milling

Agribusinesses investing in animal feed milling must meet the challenge of feeding growing populations while limiting the effect of the process on climate change, be that through contributing to rising temperatures or water stress.

Navigating the right path involves knowledge in selecting the right crops, the use of locally produced feed ingredients, effective proportions of the right vitamins and minerals, and preference for wheat over maize inputs to the feed. Our judicious approach consistently leads to optimised quality and yield of the end product in terms of meat, fish and eggs.

Flour & rice milling

Many countries are hugely dependent on imports of rice from Thailand, Vietnam, and India but this is changing. Governments in West Africa are prioritising the achievement of self-sufficiency in rice over the coming years. The challenges to this strategy are primarily driven by poor quality raw material inputs, resulting in a lower quality finished product.

Farrelly & Mitchell responds to that challenge by facilitating full supply chain control and competent farm management, critical activities in improving the quality of domestic rice. We offer effective marketing strategies to shift consumer perception away from preference for imported product.The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, meanwhile, has highlighted the strategic importance of wheat and flour milling to national food security. Our advisers are seasoned in all logistics, viability research and due diligence around the development of flour mills worldwide.

Fats, edibles oils & sugar

Individual diets are becoming more diverse and multicultural. There is an emphasis on value add and processing of food. Companies can capitalise on this opportunity through value creation and innovation.

Our experts have a long successful track record in researching and advising on specific and regional market trends and tastes, ensuring clients decisions are informed by the most up to date data.

What we do

Our considerable agribusiness and food industry knowledge and experience help clients within these sectors to make the right decisions, improve and sustainably grow.

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