Post-harvest losses represent huge wasted potential in African agriculture, with valuable food crops never reaching the market. EA Fruits and Farm Limited (EA Fruits) is a production, trading and distribution business aimed at minimising post-harvest losses by buying horticultural produce directly from smallholder farmers and delivering it to major local customers and markets via cold chain logistics. In order to realise its business plan, EA Fruits required significant investment in cold storage infrastructure and logistics equipment.
AgDevCo’s investment of $400,000 will enable the purchase of key cold-storage infrastructure, refrigerated delivery vehicles and a central pack house and cold storage facility required to expand the business. The investment will be made on a phased basis and AgDevCo continues to play an active role in advising the business on its expansion plans and outgrower engagement, including the promotion of farming best practices and the potential contracting of top-performing growers.