Biotropical Agricultural Development Corporation

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Biotropical Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC), a production and export company for organically grown tropical fruits, was founded in 1988 in Douala, Cameroon.  In 2011, BIO approved a 400k € loan to BADC to finance the expansion of the company, and more specifically its production capacity.

BIO’s investment consisted of 2 components: the first component was aimed at the mechanization of the agricultural activity. The second component concerned the increase of the drying capacity.

The expansion of the activities has a positive impact on the situation of the area: roads have been repaired, local farmers living on the BADC’s plantation have been trained in biological farming and are being encouraged and supported in subsistence agriculture.

The implementation of the project was aimed at doubling the sales over a period of 3 years. In reality, the project has achieved an overturn of 2.3 times the one before the expansion. In June 2013, “Jeune Afrique” published an article on Biotropical’s success story (French). You can click here to download the article.

Website : www.biotropical.com

  • Investment amount (€):

    400,000 EUR

    Fruit products

  • Contract signature :

    2012

  • Nature of intervention :

    Senior Loan

  • Development impacts :

    • 1 — Local resource use
    • 2 — Uses biological fruit farming and encourages independent local producers to convert to biological farming
    • 3 — Support local families to develop subsistence agriculture
    • 4 — Infrastructure improvement of roads
    • 5 — Job creation