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




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



African studies Quarterly paper

We announce the publication of a paper in the November issue of the African Studies Quarterly, entitled ‘What is the matter with African Agriculture’. The paper is based on the book with the same title, against the background of René Dumont’s famous book ‘L’Afrique est mal parti’ (1962). The paper is downloadable from the Journal’s site. (



Ghana: Accra Brewery donates to cassava farmers on Farmers day

(02-12-2013) Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), producers of the cassava beer, Eagle Lager, has presented equipment support for winners of the National Best Cassava Farmer and the Regional Best Cassava Farmers for the Volta and Eastern Regions.

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Nigeria: How Cassava Bread Will Boost Economy, By Agric Minister

(23-09-2013) Abakaliki - THR Federal Government has said that the current innovation in the agricultural sector, which is geared towrds the roduction of cassava wheat for bread production, would not only curb the menace of unemployment but also save the country much of the N600 billion spent on wheat foul importation annually.

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Realizing the Potential of African Agriculture: Catalytic Innovations for Growth

On the Occasion of its Centennial, The Rockefeller Foundation hosted a Summit, "Realizing the Potential of African Agriculture: Catalytic Innovations for Growth". DADTCO was invited to this intimate gathering which brought together senior leaders in agriculture and finance who engaged in a joint conversation aimed at identifying concrete ways to strengthen African agricultural markets and value chains to benefit economies and small holder farmers.

Cassava Revolution Takes off in Mozambique

(04-07-2013) Branded the cassava revolution, private firms in Mozambique have in recent years attempted to rapidly commercialize the production of casava, the country's key subsistance crop. The idea is to create more efficient supply chains for small and medium-sized producers in order to feed growing private demand for cassava in products such as beer, processed food and ethanol...

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Cassava is Future Global Crop Says UN

(29-05-2013) ROME - Cassava has huge potential an could turn from a "poor people food into a 21st century crop" if grown according to a new environmentally friendly farming model, the UN food agency said on tuesday...

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SABMiller Cassava Beer Aimed at Beating African Homebrews

Eugene Shepherd admits he's no beer expert, but he'll tell you the bottle of Eagle he treats himself to every week is a step up from the murkey homebrews that had been his preffered tipple...

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Why SABMiller's cassava beer is a win-win for the company and small scale farmers

(18-04-2013) Alcoholic beverages companies generally like to make a big fuss about their corporate social responsibility initiatives and contributions to local communities.

One project that is, however, truly remarkable is SABMillers cassava beer recently launched in Africa...

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Increase in agro-processing units in Nampula

(29-04-2013) The provincial government in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula last year licenced 37 milla, bringing the total number of agro-processing units in the province to 610...two cassava processors have had a significant impact.

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New beer boost for cassava farmers - Togbe Afede

(18-03-2013) The Agbogbomefia of Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV, has stated that the introduction of a new beer made from cassava is an oppotunity for farmers of the staple crop to go into serious farming and exploit the full benefits of the situation.

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Cassava beer launched in Ho

(16-03-2013) GNA- Accra Brewery Limited on Thursday launched a beer brewed with 70 percent  cassava in Ho. The beer, christened "Eagle Larger" would boost the economic fortunes of the many Ghanaians in cassava production.

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SABMiller launches cassava beer in Ghana

(14-03-2013) Brewer SABMiller PLC (SAB.LN) Thursday said it will launch a cassava beer in Ghana, which will be brewed by local subsidiary, Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), under the brand name "Eagle".

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Cassava bread: Have you been served?

(12-01-2013) Next to rice, bread is probably the most common denominator on the table of rich and poor Nigerians. This may be why Federal Government is making efforts to keep this staple within the reach of the average Nigerian. How feasible is this? What multiplier effects would this have on the common Nigerian whose other main staple, garri, is a product of cassava? How acceptable is the idea of cassava bread to bakers and of course the consumers?

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