Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC)

Aggregator and processor of cotton, sesame, sunflower, maize and chilies.

Investment information

$5,000,000
Committed investment
$3,475,000
Investment made
Storage, distribution and trading
Primary value chain focus
Committed investment
Investment made
Primary value chain focus

Expected impact

10,000
Smallholder farmers linked to market
60%

Female smallholders linked to market

$2,000,000

Total annual income for smallholders

Smallholder farmers linked to market

Female smallholders linked to market

Total annual income for smallholders

Our role

AgDevCo is providing $5,000,000 in working capital to GADC as part of a consortium with other social lenders. Established in 2009, GADC provides inputs, training and marketing access for tens of thousands of local farmers and was one of the first commercial companies to establish operations in northern Uganda following the end of the civil war.

SDU role

AgDevCo’s SDU team has supported a successful outgrower scheme in the Kitgum area and is now improving farming skills in the West Nile region. The $810k budget is being used to develop a modular training programmme for conventional and organic cotton, sesame and chilies, spanning activities from land preparation to post-harvest handling, with an emphasis on organic farming. The project aims to increase crop yields and quality, link over 30,000 smallholder farmers to reliable markets, and improve access to finance.

Our investments in Uganda

Investment Total invested Investment type Start date
Esco Uganda Ltd - Technical assistance 2018
Great Lakes Coffee $3,000,000 Debt / Equity 2018
Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC) $5,000,000 Debt / Equity & Technical assistance 2016
Nakifuma Farming Company $2,600,000 Debt / Equity 2019
Uzima Chicken (Uganda) - Technical assistance 2019