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

About us

The Dutch Agricultural Development & Trading Company BV (DADTCO) was established in The Netherlands in 2002. Its shareholders share the belief that robust economic development in emerging countries should come from the establishment of private businesses that deliver sustainable and profitable high value end products, whilst directly and tangibly improving the health, living and income standards of the African population. DADTCO has a wide experience working with smallholder 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.

DADTCO together with its partners cover the whole cassava value chain, from agricultural production with smallholder farmers, input supplies, 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.

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. An AMPU processes the harvested cassava within 24 hours into cassava cake. Cassava cake is a semi moist paste with a shelf life of at least 6 months. It can be used in the brewing industry or transported to a DADTCO factory for further processing into cassava starch flour, starch and/or glucose or it can be refined and dried with our newly developed mobile refinery unit and mobile dryer into cassava starch flour.                    

Mr. P. Bolt at work in the field