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Regional CTA Forum on Cassava in Central Africa

Semi-industrial processing of cassava: example of DADTCO Business Model

CTA organized a Forum on cassava from 6-9 December in Yaounde, Cameroon. http://www.cta.int/en/news/regional-forum-on-cassava-in-central-africa.html

'While cash crops, livestock and grains continue to play an important economic role in the Central African region, roots and tubers in general, and cassava in particular, appear to be the agricultural crops with the greatest potential in terms of improving productivity, creating added value and developing regional trade. Contributing directly to the general objectives of food and nutrition security and the reduction of poverty in the region, cassava still broadly constitutes the basis of the human diet and has significant potential with regard to animal feed and industrial processing.'

DADTCO was represented by both our CEO Peter Bolt and Mozambique's Supply Chain Manager Teofilo Chilenge. We were kindly invited to give a presentation on our Business Model. Click here for the presentation



Interview with our shareholder

Peter Kütemann was interveiwed by Monacolife.net

Monaco Impact is an association of which our major shareholder Mr. Peter Kütemann is the initiator. Monaco Impact, through the organization of fact-finding meetings and other events, puts potential donors in touch with charitable organizations known to be seeking funds for clearly defined projects selected on the basis of their social impact and a clear and transparent budget. Monaco Impact identifies best practices and innovative approaches of which DADTCO is one. Its focus is on health, drinking water, agriculture, education, gender equality, post-conflict development and income generation (micro-credit projects).

Read the interview here.



H.E. President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique impressed by DADTCO

DADTCO present at Mozambique's Trade Fair FACIM

The Feira Comercial e industrial de Maputo or FACIM (Commercial and Industrial Fair of Maputo) is the economic pulse of Mozambique. All companies active are asked to participate and display their services or products at the fair which is visited by tens of thousands of professionals from both in and outside the country. Although already held for 52 times it was the second consecutive time that DADTCO Mandioca Mozambique was present and that did not go by unnoticed. DADTCO was represented by Mirza Azido from our Nampula operations and even the President of Mozambique His Excellency Filipe Nyusi stopped at our pavilion to be informed about our activities. He was impressed by our commitment to farmers which Mirza told him. It was not the first time that the President learns about our activities and the role we play in the development of the cassava value chain.

(Also in the picture the Ambassador of The Netherlands Mrs. Pascal Grotenhuis)



Feasibility visit in Cameroon

Cassava processing in Muyuka Council Cameroon

Cameroon is one of the countries with the highest cassava production per capita in Africa. Especially in the South-West of Cameroon on the rich volcanoes’ soils at the foothills of Mount Cameroon. People know how to make all types of fermented and grilled cassava products as gari and fufu all made for home consumption and the little surplus is sold in the market as for instance at the moment when the schools are starting and uniforms have to be bought for the children in order to attend school. There is no industrialisation in this area and cassava is sold when a family is in need of money. Because cassava is the single crop that can be harvested year-round, it functions as a bank where the money is kept in the soil until something is needed, only small amounts are harvested at a time during the year. 

In the week of 27th of August DADTCO carried out a feasibility study in Muyuka council in the South West of Cameroon on the invitation of the council’s Mayor. There is a lot of cassava and the yields because of the fertile soils are high. Many farmers received improved stem material and they are eager to sell the surpluses of which there are many. During the feasibility a Memorandum of Understanding was signed Not only did we look at cassava but the largest agricultural companies in Cameroon, CDC who cultivates amongst other thousands of Hectares of sweet banana are very interested in our newest piece of equipment the mobile dryer. They want to make banana flour which is in demand for the preparation of baby food. DADTCO can make the difference and tests will be carried out to see if not only cassava starch flour but also banana flour is a possibility.



Celebrating the Cassava Festival in Nampula, Mozambique

The annual Cassava Festival organised by the Government was hosted by DADTCO at its operating premises in Murrupula in Nampula Province

The Cassava Festival was a celebration of the robust crop and the economic importance for the area. The Cassava Value Chain from small holder farmer to Impala Beer in Mozambique, is a unique one. Monopolistic control over a promising raw material as cassava can lead to inequalities in the value chain as a whole, as often seen in other countries. Fortunately, this is not the case in the cassava value chain in Mozambique. The cooperation between Farmers, DMM and CDM is a terrific example for other African countries desirous of copying the very successful Impala project, produto nacional! 

We have not yet seen the end of the cassava potential. The crop is Africa’s best kept secret, its starch is of excellent quality and more and more advanced applications based on cassava starch are coming to light. Read the published article in Canal de Moçambique



African Transformation Forum (ATF) 2016

On request DADTCO contributed at the ATF organised by the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET)

ACET organised the ATF2016 with the objectives to facilitate knowledge sharing and peer learning across global and African luminaries from the public and private sectors and to launch the Coalition for Transformation in Africa – a new leadership network organized in chapters, each addressing a specific thematic area. DADTCO did a presentation in the brainstorm session on issues relating to Africa’s agricultural and overall economic transformation.





Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture (GFIA)

DADTCO was invited to give a presentation on the expansion of shelf life of cassava

Dalberg and the Rockefeller Foundation asked DADTCO to participate in the exhibition on GFIA and give a short presentation at one of the conferences. Dalberg recently issued a report on the potential of cassava processing in various African countries. DADTCO contributed with a presentation 'Technologies and concepts promoting the shelf-life of cassava'. From the Q & A session that followed, it was clear that the delegates rated the DADTCO technology as the clear front-runner in promoting cassava shelf life.

It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with the Rockefeller Foundation at the exhibition to promote cassava processing in Africa.




DADTCO wins the Corporate Adaptation Prize

Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) honors DADTCO as ground-breaking climate adaptation project 

Two innovative projects that address climate change in developing countries – DADTCO’s Mobile Cassava Starch Plant and the AECOM/IBM Scorecard that helps cities worldwide develop resiliency to disaster – have won the coveted 2015 Corporate Adaptation Prize awarded by the ND-GAIN

Read DADTCO's press release here


Presentation at Cassava Forum in Ghana

Our CEO was speaker at the International Conference and Exhibition on Cassava in Accra, Ghana 

The International Conference and Exhibition on Cassava Utilization and Marketing (ICECUM 2015) is underway in Accra.

The conference coincides with Ghana's National Cassava Week celebrations to raise public awareness on the cassava value chain (cultivation, processing and marketing) and collate public opinion on the road map for its development.

To read more about the conference click here




Cassava bread trials

Perfect baking results with DADTCO's white Cassava Bread Flour 

This month we conducted several cassava bread baking trials. DADTCO was able to prove that the inclusion of our new type of flour exceeded expectation in breads that were made with 20% inclusion. The new flour only contains 2.5% fibres, is white in colour and bland in taste. The picture speaks for itself.



International Biorefinery Symposium

In the ‘International Biorefinery for Food, Fuels and Materials 2015 symposium’, our CEO Peter Bolt was a keynote speaker

A biorefinery is a facility that integrates biomass conversion to produce fuels, power, heat, and value-added 

chemicals from biomass. Biorefinery belongs to the concept of the biobased economy. This biobased economy is a green economy based on plant- and waste-derived food, feed, fuel, and materials – sourced and refined locally.

The symposium was held in France for two days to address the question of how biorefining can be developed within a systemic framework that can best reconcile the various challenges in society. Peter presented our AMPU’s split processing of cassava in Sub-Saharan Africa as a case study for Smart Innovation that is vital for a successful transition to the biobased economy. DADTCO’s decentralised processing with our by-products of fruit water feeding the surrounding out any waste is a perfect example of a proven concept of biorefinery.

Find more information on the symposium here



Presentation on DADTCO's social impact

DADTCO particpated in the impact event, organised by the Netherlands African Business Club (NABC) and Steward Redqueen.

"The theme of the event is ‘Managing and measuring impact; the private sector in Africa’. In recent years we have seen a positive trend emerge of companies increasingly measuring their societal impact in Africa. On the one hand this helps companies obtain, maintain and strengthening their license to operate on the other hand these impact assessments help identify new business opportunities.

Two business partners talked about this. First Jacco Knotnerus (FMO) shared FMO’s experience with managing and measuring impact of its investments. Subsequently Suzanne Vlakveld (Dadtco) talked about Dadtco’s impact in their value chain."

Read a blog on the seminar here



Article in Appropriate Technology

“Mobile processing units unlock cassava markets”

An interesting article on the Agro-processing of DADTCO in Appropriate Technology, Vol 42, no. 1. 

Cassava has mainly been grown as a staple food due to its reliability to produce tubers when other crops fail. But it also has potential as a commercial crop if it cane be trasported quickly to processing facilities before it detoriates. This is not always easy but a new initiative is bringing change.

Read the full article here



Celebrating the Commercial Success of Cassava in Inhambane

“18th of February 2015”

Speech of her Excellency, Frédérique de Man, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

‘It is an enormous pleasure for me to be today in Morrumbene, Inhambane at this ceremony celebrating the progress that has been made in the commercialization of cassava for the brewing of Impala beer.

I think the effect of this increase in income should not be underestimated. I have been told that many of the producers have been able to improve the lives of their families with their additional earnings, spending it on improved housing, better access to water, education for their children and many other things.

So we can speak of a big success! It is important to look at the factors that made this success possible. There is one crucial element that I mentioned already but now would like to highlight now: COLLABORATION and PARTNERSHIP.

Read the whole speech here

Or read her blog: http://socialemediagidsbz.nl/blog/linking-aid-trade-together-cassava/



"Cassava can unleash Africa's agricultural potential"

ClubAfrica of AIRFRANCE-KLM writes about DADTCO

"Dutch company DADTCO has developed a mobile factory providing a solution to the problem of cassava roots perishing during transport over long distances in Africa. Connecting small-scale cassava farmers to the industry might transform cassava into a commercial crop."

Read the blog here





Celebrating a breakthrough in Cassava Commercialization  in Mozambique

“Impala Beer is the Pride of our Fields”

Impala is now one of Mozambique’s best-selling beers, resulting in doubled cassava cake production in the second half of 2014. At the moment DADTCO sources cassava from about 6,000 smallholder farmers in Nampula and Imhambane, injecting Mts. 1,000,000 per month into the local economy. In order to scale up this successful model and expand activities to Inhambane, DADTCO and IFDC have signed a PPP agreement through the Dutch-funded 2SCALE Program implemented by IFDC to promote agriculture good practices with smallholder farmers in order to sustain the supplies of the increased demand in cassava roots.

DADTCO in collaboration with IFDC (International Fertilizer Development Center) are celebrating a major milestone in the successful commercialization of cassava at a ceremony at the site of the DADTCO factory in Inhambane. The ceremony is attended by Dignitaries including his Excellency the Governor of Inhambane Agostinho Trinta and her Excellency, Frédèrique de Man, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands together with representatives from Cervejas de Moçambique (CDM), Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique (IIAM), Centro de Promoção da Agricultura (CEPAGRI), Inhambane Provincial Administration, and cassava farmers.

Read de IFDC Press Release here.

Cassava to be produced on a large scale in Inhambane, Mozambique

The Dutch Agricultural Development & Trading Company (Dadtco) plans to sign an agreement with the International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC) aimed at large-scale production of cassava in Mozambique’s Inhambane province

The ceremony will take place at the Dadtco factory, established in 2002 to foster the development of the agricultural sector and marketing of agricultural products. The signing of the agreement will be the high point of the ceremony to celebrate the successful conclusion of the sale of cassava.

Read the full article (English version) here.