Dutch Agricultural Development & Trading Company BV - The Netherlands
tel: +31 85 489 2170
Dutch Agricultural Development Company Ltd. - Nigeria
tel: +234 802 705 8535
DADTCO Mandioca Moçambique Lda -
tel: +258 2621 3936
DADTCO Cassava Processing Ghana Ltd -
tel: +233 24 498 5572
DADTCO (Dutch Agricultural Development & Trading Company) is a unique private sector company, established in 2002 which bases its approach on the combination of private entrepreneurship with a social vision. DADTCO has a wide experience working with farmers in the developing world, supplying them with agricultural inputs, and selling their produce in domestic and export markets. Building on this experience DADTCO develops innovative technologies and business models for commercial development of crop processing.
DADTCO has its headquarters in the Netherlands with subsidiaries in Nigeria, Mozambique and Ghana. All shares in DADTCO are held by a Foundation which issues certificates to the stakeholders in the company allowing them dividend rights. The Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of 5 persons who in turn also serve as the non-executive Supervisory Board of DADTCO BV in the Netherlands.
The most important activity of the company is its integrated approach towards agricultural development. DADTCO together with its partners covers the whole cassava value chain, from agricultural production with smallholder farmers, input supplies, cassava processing and the marketing of the final product in local and international markets. DADTCO also participates in the ventures they propose, always through majority equity participation and by providing senior management.
Our Mission is to initiate a cassava revolution across Africa.
DADTCO is a social enterprise pursuing poverty alleviation with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods and the courage to innovate and to prevent soil depletion.
The demand across Africa for cassava products (cassava cake, high-quality cassava flour, starch and glucose) is expected to rise rapidly due to urbanization and the global increase in grain prices. These factors are now convincing manufacturers of national and international consumer and industrial products that cassava can be used as a substitute for higher-priced raw materials. With growing market demand for cassava, increased production can now generate increased benefits for Africa’s smallholder cassava farmers.
The Dutch Agricultural Development and Trading Company (DADTCO) developed an innovative “split” processing technology (in the field and at the factory) that has changed dramatically the way cassava is perceived, grown and processed in Africa. The company’s Autonomous Mobile Processing Units (AMPUs) process fresh cassava on-farm or nearby, instead of attempting to transport the crop over long distances to a central factory. Each AMPU processes harvested cassava into cassava cake, which can be used in that form by the brewing industry or can be transported to a DADTCO factory for further processing into high-quality cassava flour (HQCF), starch and glucose.
Mr. P. Bolt at work in the field