Neema Agricole du Faso
- Website: www.nafaso-burkina.com
- Sector: Agriculture
- Country of operations: Burkina Faso
Yield of dreams
“Contribute to the availability of food resources in Burkina Faso and in West Africa, thus helping to reduce hunger and poverty.” That’s how CEO Abdoulaye Sawadogo describes the overarching goal of Neema Agricole du Faso (NAFASO), which specialises in the production and sale of a wide range of improved seeds, including cereals, oil seeds, market gardening, fodder and tuber seeds. The firm, founded in 2008, says the certified seeds it produces can improve agricultural yields by up to 40%.
The company has achieved strong growth during its relatively short history. From starting off with 10 full-time employees, the business now employs 36 staff and, from initially producing 100 tonnes of seed, now expects to produce around 5,000 tonnes for the upcoming season. Access to other companies in the surrounding West Africa region, along with partnerships with research centres and investment from private equity firm Injaro Investments, has helped the Burkina Faso-based firm to grow.
"Neema Agricole du Faso is now looking to double production to 10,000 tonnes by 2020"
“These opportunities have enabled NAFASO to significantly increase production capacity, through the acquisition of a state-of-the-art mobile cleaning and packaging unit, the construction of a store, improved organisational and management systems and developing new markets,” says Abdoulaye.
NAFASO is now looking to double production to 10,000 tonnes by 2020 and hire more staff, as well as expand its offering. “Our objectives are to recruit a dozen technicians for field monitoring and set up our own laboratory and breeders to create our own varieties,” explains Abdoulaye. “We also aim to increase the number of producers who are members of our network by around 15% and to create an agricultural training centre for African youth.”
40% - How much the seeds that NAFASO produces can improve agricultural yield by
The business is also committed to playing its part in tackling the wider issues facing Africa. “The two major challenges that Africa will face in the future are climate change and rapid demographic growth,” says Abdoulaye. “Our job will be to raise awareness and to produce seeds adapted to the effects of climate change.”