News

2016

 


July

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

 


March

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.

 

 


February

 

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.

 


2015

September

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

 

 


August

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.

 


June

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

 


April

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

 


March

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

 

 


February

 

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.