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OUR INVESTMENT THESIS

The Fund will invest in potential portfolio companies by taking either a majority or significant minority stake, where it seeks to have board representation and other meaningful shareholder rights. 

Our goal is to invest in agri businesses across the value chain in the target sectors and build these businesses to produce and manage the raw material supply, provide a hedge against commodity cycles, manage the value chain and own sustainable and tangible assets.

WEST END FARMS

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). 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.

October 2012

GUANOMAD

The AAF SME Fund, managed by Databank Agrifund Manager Limited (DAFML), has successfully closed its investment in Guanomad S.A., Antananarivo, Madagascar. Guanomad is a leading producer of guano-based organic fertilizer products, which are an affordable and effective alternative to the traditional chemical fertilizers.

July 2013

INTERFRESH

The AAF SME Fund, a private equity fund focused on African food production and processing, managed by Databank Agrifund Manager Limited (DAFML), has successfully closed its investment in Interfresh Limited, Zimbabwe. Interfresh is a leading agribusiness focusing on the production, processing and marketing of agricultural and allied products and services.

September 2013

 

MATONJENI

The AAF SME Fund, managed by Databank Agrifund Manager Limited (DAFML), has successfully closed its investment in Matonjeni Marketing, an upcoming food and beverage company focusing on the production, processing and marketing of beverages and food enhancers in Zambia.

October 2013

TOPCRUST

The AAF SME Fund, managed by Databank Agrifund Manager Limited (DAFML), has successfully closed its investment in Topcrust Bakery, a fast-growing consumer bakery and distributor of bread across Lagos, Nigeria.

December 2013
 

AVISON

The AAF SME Fund, a private equity fund focused on African food production and processing, managed by Databank Agrifund Manager Limited (DAFML), has successfully closed its investment in Avison, a fast-growing organic and integrated fertilizer business in South Africa.

July 2014

 

MOABLAOU

The AAF SME Fund, managed by Databank Agrifund Manager Limited (DAFML), successfully closed its investment in MOABLAOU, the largest producer of table eggs in Burkina Faso.

October 2014

 
 
TECHINCAL ASSISTANCE FACILITY

Investments will be complemented by a Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) primarily funded by the EU (European Union), managed by IFAD and implemented by TechnoServe, with additional contributions from the Italian Development Co-operation, UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa). TAF will support the management teams of the AAF SME Fund portfolio companies with strategic, operational and technical expertise to enhance their growth. With up to US$ 500,000 of assistance available per business, this provides a significant opportunity to bolster and build the AAF SME Fund investments.

The AAF SME Fund’s investment policy mirrors that of the AAF, with the key difference being that the AAF SME Fund has an investment limit of US$ 4 million per transaction. The Fund will also, in line with World Bank definition of an SME, only invest in companies with gross assets less than US$ 15 million and fewer than 300 employees. SMEs offer significant growth opportunities and have an important impact on economic development and job creation. These small and medium businesses (formal and informal) represent the real economy and remain the key for the economic development of the continent.

If you or your SME company has a business venture that meets the strict AAF SME Fund investment criteria, please complete and submit the one-page AAF SME Fund Funding Application Form available in PDF format to the team at AAFSMEteam@dafml.com

          
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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