Editor’s note: our investee company, GADCO, shared this good news with us recently. We wanted to share the announcement with our community and congratulate them on this new funding from AATIF.
Stacks of GADCO-produced rice packaged under their Copa brand.
Global Agri-Development Company (GADCO), the FMCG agri-food company operating in sub-Saharan Africa, is pleased to announce an investment from AATIF (Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund), the public-private partnership funded by the German Government, KfW, and Deutsche Bank. The fund, managed by Deutsche Bank’s Environmental & Social Capital team, provides patient capital to private sector companies with proven and scalable businesses focused on transforming livelihoods through market-based products and services.
“AATIF’s decision to invest in GADCO provides important validation of our business model and unique approach to delivering smallholder impact through commercial agriculture and food processing. GADCO’s partnerships with Syngenta for agronomy and Finatrade for distribution were vital in securing funding, as well as the development of the Brazilian-African corridor for technology and management transfer.” said Iggy Bassi, co-founder of GADCO. “AATIF’s support paves the way for GADCO to forward integrate into food processing, starting with an investment in a state-of-the-art rice mill, allowing GADCO and its smallholders to create an integrated value chain for its Copa branded food products”. GADCO now operates the largest commercial rice farm in West Africa and will begin to diversify its crop and food product mix from 2013.
Commenting on the investment, the Chairman of GADCO, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown added: “We are delighted to receive an investment from AATIF as we continue to expand our operations. GADCO’s Copa Connect program is uniquely designed to integrate smallholders into competitive and inclusive food value chains, which is not only essential for lifting smallholders out of poverty, but also for building regional solutions for food security and broad based economic development”.
“The support of young and viable businesses with the right mission is at the core of AATIFs direct lending activities. With the inclusion of smallholders around a nucleus farm that is providing equipment, training and supply chain management, we expect GADCO to address regional food security and improve livelihoods in Ghana,” said Michael Schneider, Head of Environmental & Social Capital at Deutsche Bank.
“KfW is especially proud of this landmark investment, as it represents the first time that the fund finances an agricultural project that aims at including smallholder farmers in outgrower schemes. It is therefore a significant milestone for AATIF in achieving its developmental agenda” said Dr. Thomas Duve, KfW Director for Africa Regional Programmes and Chair of AATIF’s Board of Directors.
GADCO’s current investors, Acumen Fund, Summit Capital, and Root Capital welcomed the deal.
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