GADCO Announces Investment from AATIF Fund sponsored by KfW, Deutsche Bank and the German Government

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.
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Nov. 1, 2012 - PRLog -- Amsterdam/Accra/Frankfurt (November 1st, 2012)

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 esnqv 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.

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About the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
The BMZ develops the guidelines and the fundamental concepts on which German development policy is based. These then form the basis of the cooperation projects and programmes developed together with partner countries and international organisations. The support of the BMZ for projects and programmes may take the form of loans on favourable terms, consultancy and training services, the promotion of private sector investment, grants and scholarships, but also emergency aid. The BMZ commissions the German implementing organisations with executing these projects and programmes, and monitors the results of their work.

About KfW
KfW is one of the world´s leading and most experienced promotional banks. Established in 1948 as a public law institution, KfW is owned 80 per cent by the Federal Republic of Germany and 20 per cent by the federal states (“Länder”).
KfW`s Development Bank is Germany’s leading development bank and an integral part of KfW. It carries out Germany´s Financial Cooperation (FC) with developing countries on behalf of the Federal Government. The 600 personnel at headquarters and about 200 specialists in its 66 local offices cooperate with partners all over the world. Its goal is to combat poverty, secure the peace, protect the environment and the climate and make globalisation fair. KfW is a competent and strategic advisor on current development issues.

GADCO is a FMCG agri-food company focused on the production, processing, and marketing of its Copa food products in sub-Saharan Africa, with current operations in Ghana.  The Company builds and operates integrated and sustainable value chains, in partnership with smallholders, to serve African consumer markets, including the strategic base of the pyramid (BOP) market segment. It is privately owned and investor funded by financial and impact investors.
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