Kasinthula

Kasinthula is a smallholder cane growing scheme based in the Chikwawa Region in Malawi. 

Investment information

$4,000,000
Committed investment
Primary production
Primary value chain focus
Committed investment
Primary value chain focus

Expected impact

565

Jobs created / maintained

762
Smallholder farmers linked to market
34%

Female smallholders linked to market

Jobs created / maintained

Smallholder farmers linked to market

Female smallholders linked to market

Our role

Kasinthula is a smallholder cane growing scheme based in the Chikwawa Region in Malawi, comprising of 1,429ha of irrigated sugar cane developed over a 15-year period from 1997-2012. Kasinthula is one of the first fair trade sugar producer in the region. The performance of the company has been deteriorating over the last five years and in early 2019 it ran out of funding and face imminent collapse. The loan provided by AgDevCo, together with the DFID grant and the appointment of a new professional farm management company, have allowed the company to come out of distress and continue to operate. This means that the existing number of employees have been sustained and that, following the turn-around period, dividends will resume to the farmer beneficiaries, with a multiplier effect on the surrounding community.

Our investments in Malawi

Investment Total invested Investment type Start date
Afri-Oils $1,500,000 Debt / Equity & Technical assistance 2016
Farmers World Limited (FWL) - Technical assistance 2019
Jacoma – Tropha $6,100,000 Debt / Equity & Technical assistance 2014
Kapani $2,070,000 Debt / Equity 2017
Kasinthula $4,000,000 Debt / Equity 2019
Phata Sugar Cooperative $1,600,000 Debt / Equity 2016