CHANGING RURAL LIVES BY REDUCING POVERTY AND IMPROVING FOOD SECURITY.

OUR IMPACTS ARE FAR-REACHING AND BENEFIT NOT JUST OUR INVESTEES AND THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILIES BUT THE WIDER COMMUNITY

Our impact assessment methodology is used to substantiate and test the benefits of our activities (inputs) through to our outputs, outcomes and ultimate social impact.

WHY WE INVEST IN AGRI-BUSINESSES

  • Demand for food is increasing especially rapidly in Africa, where the population is expected to double to two billion within 40 years.
  • The value of Africa’s domestic food market is expected to triple, reaching $1 trillion by 2030.
  • At current rates of agricultural productivity growth sub-Saharan Africa will only meet 25% of this demand.
  • Smallholder farmer yields are typically 10% of what can be achieved in modern farming.
  • Already, Africa imports over $35 billion of agricultural products annually – more than the total official development assistance flows to the continent – despite having large natural resources of land and fresh water.
  • The number of people in sub-Saharan Africa living below the poverty line rose from 290 million in 1990 to 376 million in 1999 and 414 million in 2010.
  • Investing in agriculture is estimated to be 2-3 more effective at reducing poverty than other sectors.
  • 70-80% of Africa’s population works in agriculture.

The story so far

investments
$99.8m
COMMITTED INVESTMENTS
target of $500M by 2020
jobs
246,435
Farmers linked to markets
Target of over 850,000 by 2020
lift
48
Number of Investments
Target of over 100 by 2020
Real lives
Christina Florian Mgwila, KILOMBERO PLANTATIONS LIMITED, Tanzania
Since joining KPL’s programme Christine’s rice yield has quadrupled through improved farming practices and access to finance for better fertilizers. For the first time ever she is now able to earn a living from her crops. Christine has finished building her house and two of her children no longer work on the farm. They go to secondary school instead.
"Our lives have changed massively – we are happy. I no longer worry about how to feed my family and can see a future in agriculture."