Understanding the Needs for Private Equity and the Barriers in Developing/Emerging Markets; A Case Study of Uganda

Private equity is an alternative investment class and consists of capital that is not listed on a public exchange. Private equity is composed of funds and investors that directly invest in private companies, or that engage in buyouts of public companies, resulting in the delisting of public equity. Institutional and retail investors provide the capital for private equity, and the capital can…

Dryland Seed Limited (DSL) – 2011

Investment by African Seed Investment Fund DSL is a business based in Machakos, Kenya that was established to produce seed adapted to dry land conditions. DSL continues to play an important role due to the changing climatic conditions which provide a ready market for its products.ASIF Financing has enabled the business to expand its processing capacity and…

NASECO -2010

Investment by African Seed Investment Fund NASECO is one of the largest seed companies operating in Uganda. It is located in Hoima district in Western Uganda and produces and trades in hybrid maize seed. Additional products include rice, groundnuts, sorghum, soya beans, beans and sunflower. Seed is marketed to stockists and numerous NGOs operating in…

Farm Inputs Care Centre Uganda (FICA) – 2010

Investment by African Seed Investment Fund. FICA Uganda is one of the largest seed businesses in Uganda. Founded in 2001, after the Ugandan seed industry was liberalized, it was the pioneer of privately-owned seed companies in Uganda. With 3 substantial farms and a large processing facility located in Masindi, FICA has the potential to produce…

Bee Natural Uganda – 2008

Bee Natural Uganda Limited is a honey business located in Arua in North-West Uganda. BNU collects honey from farmer groups and associations across the West Nile region, before processing, packaging and selling it across the East African market. With excellent processing machinery and location in the Ugandan bee corridor, the company produces honey at a…

Africado – 2007

Investment by African Agricultural Capital Africado was established in 2007. It produces Hass avocados in West Kilimanjaro in Northern Tanzania for export to the EU. Our investment financed Africado’s start-up and first two years of operations.In 2009, Africado successfully raised additional capital from the Norwegian Development Finance Institution, NorFund. This investment enabled the business to…

Western Seed – 2007

Investment by African Seed Investment Fund and African Agricultural Capital Western Seed is a seed business in Kenya. It is based in Kitale in Western Kenya and its principal product is medium and low altitude hybrid seed maize, marketing and distributing a number of successful proprietary hybrids generated through its own research and breeding programme.Our…