Kilombero Plantations Limited (KPL)

Irrigated rice and maize operation in the Kilombero Valley of Tanzania, with a dedicated outgrower programme.

Investment information

$9,370,000
Committed investment
$8,900,000
Investment made
Primary production with added-value activity
Primary value chain focus
Committed investment
Investment made
Primary value chain focus

Expected impact

2,000
Smallholder farmers linked to market
35%

Female smallholders linked to market

$430,000

Total annual income for smallholders

Smallholder farmers linked to market

Female smallholders linked to market

Total annual income for smallholders

Our role

AgDevCo has funded the construction of an on-site biomass gasifier plant, powered by rice husks (a by-product of the rice milling process) and enabled the roll-out of the 3,000-ha irrigation scheme. AgDevCo is also promoting the development of KPL’s outgrower programme, facilitating input credit packages and off-take contracts for smallholder farmers, previously trained by the company.

Smart investment and support
Focused training
KPL’s smallholder training programme focuses on improved farming practices. Coupled with easier access to finance for better fertilisers, some local farmers have experienced a four-fold increase in rice yields as a result. With rice farmers now able to earn a living from their crops, the quality and security of supply is becoming more sustainable.

Our investments in Tanzania

Investment Total invested Investment type Start date
East Africa Fruits Farm & Company Limited $400,000 Debt / Equity 2015
Equity For Tanzania Limited (EFTA) $5,000,000 Debt / Equity 2015
Kilombero Plantations Limited (KPL) $9,370,000 Debt / Equity 2014
Kingchick Poultry $255,000 Debt / Equity 2017
Lungu Limited $320,000 Debt / Equity 2013
Ndoto Farms Limited $90,000 Debt / Equity 2013
Rungwe Avocado Company (RAC) $2,130,000 Debt / Equity & Technical assistance 2014
Sasumua Holdings Limited $2,340,000 Debt / Equity 2012
Suma Hydro Power Project $2,505,000 Debt / Equity 2016
Wakulima Tea Company (WTC) - Technical assistance 2016