Case Studies

Case Studies


Phata successfully paid back its development loan, two years early. An achievement in its own right – especially for a newly formed co-operative – this was more impressive given that southern Malawi has been hit hard by drought, floods and power shortages in recent years.

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Northern Zambia has scant formal infrastructure and employment, and is highly dependent on rain-fed agriculture, despite being naturally rich in water. Until now, Zambia has also been 100% reliant on imported seed potatoes, an economically important food crop.

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The Gender Challenge

Along with success comes challenges. Traditionally perceived as a ‘women’s crop’, groundnuts were predominantly grownfor home consumption and rarely attracted male farmers.

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Local Supplier Turned International Exporter

Inspired by the success of another AgDevCo investment, and following a $3.9 million debt and equity investment from AgDevCo, Westfalia Fruto established a commercial avocado plantation in central Mozambique, becoming the country’s first large-scale avocado exporter.

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From Unused Land to Nation's Largest Food Hub

AgDevCo’s initial $6.3 million investment in this flagship project in Ghana is expected to catalyse millions of dollars of private investment to help make the Babator irrigation scheme the country’s largest irrigated food hub. 

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From Cold Chains to Retail Chains

Investment in a sophisticated cold chain has moved EA fruits in Tanzania one step closer towards realising its longer-term aim of working with supermarkets and larger retailers. The business can now meet the requirements for the consistent quality and quantity of produce associated with formal supply contracts.  

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Brewing up a Succesful Co-operative

Through ECA in central Mozambique, thousands of smallholder farmers have been connected to commercial buyers, who offer stable pricing and volumes in return for improved grain quality and service. The ECA model has proved its commercial worth and potential to be replicated elsewhere

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