Agri-Vie Fund II

Subsidy : March 2023

BIO has granted EUR 200,000 to the technical assistance facility of the Agri-Vie Fund II, a specialized food & agribusiness investment fund active in Sub-Sahara Africa.

Amount

€ 200,000.00

Type of investment

Subsidy

Beneficiary locations

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

Investment field

Investment Companies & Funds

Activity

KK.64.300 SME Fund

Organisation

Agri-Vie Fund II

Domicile

Mauritius

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Agri-Vie Fund II

Agri-Vie Fund II is a successor fund to Agri-Vie I, a 2008 vintage, specialised 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.

The fund has a total size of USD 139.1 M and is managed by Exeo capital.

Technical assistance facility

The overall objective of the Technical Assistance Facility is to improve the performance and competitiveness of the Portfolio Companies and contribute to their sustainability.

This is the second contribution of BIO to a TAF of Agri Vie Fund II. Our contribution to the first TAF enabled 10 technical assistance projects which, amongst others, improved and strengthened operations, E&S risks management, diversity in the workplace and the availability of energy resources.

This second 3-year TAF, for which we partnered with Norfund, will extend our impact and demonstrates our willingness to support our indirect investee companies.

Expected impact

To leverage Agrivie’s impact by strengthening the capacities of the Portfolio Companies and supporting their activities from a technical, financial, administrative, social, environmental, management and governance perspective. The objective of technical assistance is the transfer of knowledge, expertise and experience to the Portfolio Companies, to improve their economic, social, environmental and developmental performance.

Made possible through this investment

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

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.

Chemical Process Technologies

South Africa

Manufacturing of pesticides and other agrochemical products

Chemical synthesis company manufacturing parasitic formulations as well as advanced pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for the South African livestock markets.

FSDCo

Tanzania

Frostan is a food services distribution group 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.

Glacier products

Kenya

Glacier Products Limited (GPL) is a Kenyan company that manufactures and sells a wide range of ice cream, yoghurt, and chocolate products across East Africa, under the brand name ‘Dairyland’.

Jumbo Brands

South Africa

Jumbo Brands is a South African beverage and snack manufacturer. The product basket includes coffee, cordials, fruit juice concentrates, squash, lemon juice, vinegar, and corn chips.

Marginpar Group (Kariki)

Ethiopia, Kenya

A cut flower production group, based in Kenya with operations in Kenya, Ethiopia and Holland.

Nurture Foods/Fairview Cheese Investments

South Africa

Fairview Cheese is a South African company specialized in cow and goat milk artisanal cheeses.

PPTL

Tanzania

PPTL is based in Tanga, Tanzania and is a major regional player in the production of woven polymer-based extruded products – bags, sacks and tarpaulins for the agriculture and cement industries.

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.

The Maia Group

South Africa

The Maia Group has been formed as a holding company to incorporate Wellness Warehouse (WW) and True Health Holdings (THH) into a new consumer health-focused platform that operates in the natural health, food, and beauty value chain as a manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor, and retailer.

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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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