Catalytic Innovations in African Agriculture
The movie above is made by Oxfam America and presents DADTCO’s business case. The movie was shown at the Rockefeller Foundation Summit in Abuja, Nigeria in 2013 to spotlight innovations with the potential to help vulnerable people throughout the world over the next century. During this summit: “Realizing the Potential of African Agriculture: Catalytic Innovations for Growth,” 23 cases were presented. DADTCO received an award as one of the 10 most catalytic innovations in African Agriculture.
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Dutch Agricultural Development Company Ltd. - Nigeria
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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. The company is supported by a small group of investors. Today its shares are divided amongst 55 private individuals (Africans as well as Europeans).
DADTCO has its headquarters in the Netherlands with subsidiaries in Nigeria, Mozambique and Ghana. The board of directors is based in the Netherlands and consists of two people, a Managing Director (MD) and a Financial Director. The two Directors are supported by the board of the foundation, Stichting Administratiekantoor Dadtco, the sole owner of the shares of DADTCO. The investors hold depository rights of shares. The board of the foundation consists of five people, each with expertise in a certain field (agriculture, finance, starch derivatives and engineering).
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 persuing poverty alleviation with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods and the courage to innovate and to prevent spoil 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