TAF Press Room

2013

October

AAF SME FUND INVESTS IN ZAMBIAN FOOD AND BEVERAGE COMPANY
The AAF SME Fund has successfully closed an investment in Matonjeni Holdings, an upcoming food and beverage company focusing on the production, processing and marketing of beverages and food enhancers in Zambia.
> Press Statement [196KB]

September

FINAL CLOSE OF THE AFRICAN AGRICULTURE FUND AT USD 243 MILLION
Following the finalisation of OPIC's USD50 million investment, Phatisa, a multi award winning African private equity fund manager, announced the successful conclusion of its fundraising for the African Agriculture Fund (AAF), with USD 243 million in capital commitments.
> Press Statement [115KB]
> Communiqué de presse [292KB]

August

AAF TAF LAUNCHES A EUR 280,000 OIL PALM SMALLHOLDER PROGRAM IN SIERRA LEONE
The Technical Assistance Facility of the African Agriculture Fund is pleased to announce a grant of EUR 280,000 to Center Piece Industries (Center Piece) for the implementation of the TAF Smallholder Oil Palm Support Program in Sierra Leone. This two year program will support 4,000 smallholer to supply Goldtree SL Limited (GOldtree) with fresh fruit bunches for processing into palm oil. Center Piece will provide technical assistance and training to these farmers to improve their yields and will also enhance their access to transport and inputs.
> Press Statement [1000KB]
> Communiqué de presse [716KB]

July

AAF SME FUND INVESTS IN LEADING MADAGASCAR ORGANIC FERTILISER COMPANY
The AAF SME Fund, a private equity fund focused on Sub Saharan African food production and processing at the small and medium enterprise (SME) level, managed by Databank Agrifund Manager Limited (DAFML), has successfully closed an investment in Guanomad S.A., Antananarivo. Guanomad is a leading producer of guano-based organic fertiliser products, which are an affordable and effective alternative to traditional chemical fertilizers.
> Press Statement [PDF 130KB]

AAF TAF LAUNCHES A EUR 200,000 SMALLHOLDER PROGRAM IN ZAMBIA
Lusaka, Zambia, July 10th, 2013 - The AAF TAF is pleased to announce the approval of a EUR 200,000 grant to fund the TAF Smallholder Soya Support Scheme (3SP) in Northern Zambia. This two year development program will integrate a minimum of 500 local smalholder farmers into the soya supply chain of Golden Lay Agri Limited, a poultry company based in the Copperbelt.
> Press Statement [PDF 201KB]
> Communiqué de presse [PDF 1200 KB]

February

TechnoServe launches new brand
Washington, DC, February 14, 2013 - Today, TechnoServe is launching our updated brand. This represents the culmination of an effort, over the course of a year and a half, to examine our brand, in parallel with completing our latest strategic plan - a wide ranging review of who we are, what we do and where we are going.
> Press Statement [PDF 95KB]

AAF concludes an investment in Cote d'Ivoire
The African Agriculture Fund (AAF), managed by Phatisa, has invested in Continental Beverage Company, a company bottling and distributing mineral water with its head office in Abidjan, the commercial capital of Cote d'Ivoire.
> Press Statement [PDF 225KB]

January

AAF statement regarding land policy in Africa, 2013
The African continent has huge potential in terms of its own food security and exports. This is attracting institutional and private players eager to participate. The only and most important consideration for any business venture must be sustainable investment - building long term value for all stakeholders.
> Press Statement [PDF 141KB]

2012

December

THE AFRICAN AGRICULTURE FUND INVESTS IN FERONIA INC

The African Agriculture Fund (AAF), managed by Phatisa, has concluded an agreement to invest up to US$ 10.5 million in Feronia Inc. (Feronia) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Feronia’s operations consist of three palm oil plantations: Yaligimba, Boteka (both situated in Equateur Province), Lokutu (located in Orientale Province) and a commercial arable farm in Bas Congo Province.
> Press Announcement [PDF 454KB]

October

THE AAF SME FUND INVESTS IN CAMEROONIAN COMMERCIAL FARM

The AAF SME Fund, managed by Databank Agrifund Manager Limited (DAFML), has successfully closed its first transaction with an investment in West End Farms (WEF) end October 2012. This SME venture is one of the leading mixed farming enterprises in Cameroon with farms and a cattle ranch across various locations in the country.
> Press Announcement [PDF 102KB]

May

THE AFRICAN AGRICULTURE FUND CONCLUDES AN INVESTMENT OF US$ 24 MILLION IN ZAMBIA
The African Agriculture Fund (AAF),managed by Phatisa, has concluded an agreement to make a total investment of US$ 24 million in Golden Lay Limited, a company involved in the production, distribution and sale of chicken table eggs - located in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. The deal team structured and negotiated a leveraged management buyout transaction that will result in the exit of Aureos. AAF will invest alongside the management in a combination of mezzanine and equity funding.
> Press Announcement [PDF 130KB]

February

THE AAF SME FUND FIRST CLOSES AT US$ 30 MILLION, 13 FEBRUARY 2012
The AAF SME Fund has achieved a first closing at US$ 30 million. This is an independently managed subfund of the African Agriculture Fund (AAF), Africa's first private equity fund focused solely on food production throughout the continent. The launch of this niche private equity fund represents a milestone for the development of Africa's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) linking local enterprise with international sources of finance.
> Press Announcement: AAF SME First Close Press Announcement [PDF 189 KB]

2011

October

The African Agriculture Fund invests in Sierra Leonean palm oil
The African Agriculture Fund (AAF), managed by Phatisa, has concluded an agreement and commenced drawdown to invest US$ 10 million alongside the Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Limited (FINNFUND) and the Company's Sponsors, in Goldtree a palm oil plantation and milling company, representing a total investment of US$ 20 million.
> Press announcement, October 2011 [PDF 129 KB]
> Communiqué de presse, Octobre 2011 [PDF 151 KB]


2010

November

African Agriculture Fund first closes on US$ 135 million
The African Agriculture Fund (AAF) is Africa's foremost private equity fund focused solely on food production throughout the continent. This closure represents a milestone for the development of agriculture in Africa, linking local enterprise with international sources of finance.
> AAF Press Release [PDF 192 KB]

 
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