Agri-Vie Fund II

Subsidy : November 2020

BIO has given €350k of Technical Assistance to Agri-Vie Fund II, a specialised food & agribusiness investment fund active in Sub-Sahara Africa

Amount

€ 350,000.00

Type of investment

Subsidy

Development impacts

  • Local economic growth
  • Promotion of ESG best practices

Beneficiary locations

Sub-Saharan Africa: Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

Investment field

Investment Companies & Funds

Activity

SME Fund

Organisation

Agri-Vie Fund II

Domicile

Mauritius

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Agri-Vie Fund II

  • Equity € 6,552,700.00 (2017)

Agri-Vie Fund II is a successor fund to Agri-Vie I, a specialized food & agribusiness investment fund active in Sub-Sahara Africa. Agri-Vie Fund II will continue the same investment strategy as its predecessor fund, orienting itself to providing growth equity through influential minority positions in mid-size companies in selected subsectors in food and agribusiness.

Agri-Vie focuses on geographies and sector segments that were selected based on top-down research and the team’s experience with Agri-Vie I. Out of the 48 countries in the region, the fund manager favours countries with a high growth, stable political environment and underserved consumer markets. As a consequence, the fund manager aims to invest up to 25% in South Africa and expects that next to this, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia will be the most important invested countries.

Technical Assistance

The Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) aims at co-financing a variety of studies (marketing, business strategies,…) and other projects to develop capacities and transfer know-how, technologies, skills, and experiences to Agri-Vie Fund II portfolio companies.

The expected impact of the TA facility is to support Agri-Vie Fund II portfolio companies to improve their sustainability, performance & competitiveness, especially in the SMEs agribusiness sector.

Development impacts

  • Local economic growth

    Poverty reduction and economic growth by supporting companies in the agriculture and agribusiness sector.

  • Promotion of ESG best practices

    Introduction of sustainable practices

Made possible through this investment

Thanks to the direct funding from BIO, the following second-line investments have been made possible.

FSDCo

Tanzania

FSDCo is the working name for a food services distribution group being formed through the consolidation of two existing companies in the fresh and temperature-controlled food sector in Tanzania. The consolidation involves Frostan Ltd, a Dar es Salaam-based poultry and ancillary foods business and Mtanga Foods Ltd, a red meat operation with activities in Southern Tanzania and Dar es Salaam.

Marginpar (Kariki)

Kenya

The consolidation of cut flower production operations of the Marginpar Group was concluded in the first quarter of 2018 under a group holding company. The group now extends to beyond Kenya into Ethiopia and includes an international marketing/sales operation based in Holland.

Kenya is one of the world’s leading suppliers of cut flowers, with an estimated 35% market share in the European Union. Ethiopia’s flower exports have expanded rapidly over recent years, aided by climatological advantages and proactive government promotion.

TerraSan

South Africa

TerraSan is a South African fishing and aquaculture group that holds investments in aquaculture and pelagic fishing, as well as fish, fishmeal and fish oil processing through its subsidiaries Saldanha Protein, TerraSan Pelagic, Aqunion and Blue Ocean Mussels.

Capital Fisheries

Zambia

Established in 1999, Capital Fisheries and its subsidiary, Capital Trucking Limited (Capital Trucking), together are the market-leading Zambian cold chain food distributor, specialising in the distribution of frozen animal proteins. Capital Fisheries is a widely recognised national consumer brand, serving across formal and informal markets as well as income classes.

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Flowers of Hope

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Flowers of Hope

08-06-2020

BIO has invested USD 7 M in equity in Agri-Vie II, a specialized food & agribusiness investment fund active in Sub-Sahara Africa. They have invested in Marginpar Group. Mr Richard Fernandes is the CEO of Marginpar Group, formerly Kariki. This is his story.

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