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: 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 DADTCO/IFDC PP on cassava processing and collaboration with IIAM was featured in the most recent FTF newsletter.


DADTCO wins the African Business Leadership Award 2014

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

The Duke University Center for International Studies

The Duke Africa Initiative
are pleased to invite you to:
The University Seminar on 
Globalization, Governance 
& Development

Ajmal Abdulsamad
Duke University

Peter Bolt

Kimberly Pfeifer
OXFAM America

Moderator: Gary Gereffi
Duke University

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.

Ajmal Abdulsamad is a researcher at Duke University's Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC)

Peter Bolt is Managing Director and founder of the Dutch Agricultural Development & Trading Company (DADTCO).

Kimberly Pfeifer is Head of Research at OXFAM America.

Gary Gereffi is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC) at Duke University.

Seminar Faculty Chairs:  Professors Gary Gereffi and Giovanni Zanalda   

Series sponsors: Duke University Center for International Studies with funding or support from the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Strategy and Programs.


DADTCO is a social enterprise. It recently joined the network of social enterprises
‘profit for everyone’.

Please visit the Dutch website here:

English translation:
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