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
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.’
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.
Cassava: Exciting new Markets for farmers in Rwanda
The Kinazi Cassava Plant (KCP), DADTCO and IFDC Rwanda are proud to announce their intended partnership, aiming to develop new markets for farmers and strengthening the cassava value chain in Rwanda.
Full article in The New Times, 21 November 2014.
DADTCO in Feed The Future Newsletter
The Voice Magazine: ‘DADTCO has contributed to the reduction of unemployment, creating jobs both skilled and semi-skilled in Nigerians and many more Africans by your companies.
You have championed the rebranding of Nigeria and other African countries to attract new investors and tap into the vast investment opportunities of Nigeria in the economic front to a global audience in a period when many think it is unsafe to do business in and with Nigerians.
You have travelled far and wide in the continent and everywhere you have been, your company is a leaving a mark of legacy in the business circle to be remembered for a long time to come.
As a living example for Africa and the rest of the world, the Voice magazine is honouring you with this award as our outstanding African Business Leadership Award winner for
Your selection for this award was a unanimous choice because of your tremendous contribution to the economic development of Nigeria spanning over years now despite all challenges in Nigeria. The confidence with which you have worked in Nigeria encompasses more than business interest but genuine love for the people and the country at large.’
IFAD panel discussion
DADTCO was invited to participate in the panel discussion of IFAD’s Business Seminar, the 30th of September in The Hague, The Netherlands.
‘We are looking back on a successful business seminar with IFAD. We received very positive feedback from both IFAD and participants’, says Arthur van Leeuwen, Programme Coordinator IMKB & Business Advisor United Nations.
In this attachment you find the resume of the seminar and panel discussion.
DADTCO as lead innovator at Duke University, Durham, USA
Moderator: Gary Gereffi
Realizing the Potential of African Agriculture: Catalytic Innovations Across Agricultural Value Chains
The panel will present conceptual frameworks, drawing on principles of Global Value Chain (GVC) and Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) and current practices concerning agricultural innovations in Sub-Saharan Africa. The seminar is aimed to provide a forum involving academia, international development practitioners and private sector to discuss how such innovative solutions can provide continent-wide models for inclusive development.
Seminar Faculty Chairs: Professors Gary Gereffi and Giovanni Zanalda
DADTCO is a social enterprise. It recently joined the network of social enterprises
‘profit for everyone’.
Please visit the Dutch website here: http://www.iedereenwinst.com/social-enterprises/dadtco-3/
DADTCO is a social enterprise pursuing poverty alleviation with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods and the courage to innovate and to prevent soil depletion. They process cassava roots in a mobile factory called an AMPU (Autonomous Mobile Processing Unit) into a new non-perishable product (cassava cake) with which a whole new market has been developed. Cassava is solely grown by small scale farmers and with this innovation the small holder farmers are guaranteed of a market for their cassava. As a root cassava is very perishable, it will deteriorate within 48hr after harvesting. DADTCO developed a patented processing technology that allows processing cassava roots in the field near the farmer. Cassava cake is far more compact than cassava roots, its transport is three times more efficient than roots. Cassava cake can is a raw material for beer, flour, starch and glucose. The AMPU created the bridge between thousands of small scale farmers in Africa and the large scale processing industry.
Farmer’s weekly published an article on DADTCO in their magazine.
It describes the AMPU as ‘Game-changing technology for Cassava’. Farmer’s Weekly is an agricultural magazine, targeting the whole of Southern Africa and is a mouthpiece for the industry and by keeping its readers informed of the latest developments in the agricultural sector.
‘Dutch processing technology is being used to solve the problem of transporting perishable cassava roots over long distances in Africa. This may have a profound impact on enhancing food security on the continent, while also ensuring better revenue streams for smallholder farmers.’
Download the full article here
African farming: cassava now the centre of attention
An article in the Financial Times on cassava by Emiko Terazono
Read the full article online here