British International Investment

Africa Forestry Fund II

AfricaGhanaNamibiaSouth AfricaUgandaAfricaFood & AgricultureManufacturing

SSA focused forestry fund

This investment was made when British International Investment was named CDC Group.

Our investment

Description of the investment.

In April 2018, CDC committed $30 million to ASFF II.

Expected impact

Expected impact of investments made between 2012 and 2018. From 2019 onwards, we have published a fuller set of impact information, assessing each investment against six dimensions of impact.

ASFF I and II are flagship projects in the African forestry space and can demonstrate attractive returns are possible and ultimately attract additional capital to the sector. The mandate also incorporates significant skills transfer through their operations in many of the markets in which they will invest. Investments in forestry can also deliver key developmental and environmental and social benefits.

Reporting and Complaints Mechanism

The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism allows anyone outside BII to report alleged breaches of the business integrity or environmental and social provisions of BII’s Policy on Responsible Investing. This includes breaches made by BII, a BII investee, or a portfolio company of a fund in which BII has invested. The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism Rules are available here. Reports and complaints can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail. See more details on our Reporting and Complaints Mechanism here.

For any other general enquiries contact us at [email protected]

  • Key facts

    Last updated

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    June 2024
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    The geographical region where the country is located. We currently invest in Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and the Caribbean. In 2023, BII’s investment mandate was extended allowing it to invest in regional funds linked to Ukraine, with the majority of activity expected to begin post-war. Investments outside these regions were made prior to 2012 under previous investment mandates.


    We prioritise those sectors that facilitate development and need our capital the most. Our priority sectors contribute towards many of the Sustainable Development Goals. They range from investing in the power infrastructure that will provide people with better access to electricity, to investing in financial institutions that direct capital to the individuals and businesses that need it the most.

    Food & Agriculture, Manufacturing

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    Investment type :
    Start date :
    April 2018
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    Fund Manager:
    Criterion Africa Sustainable Forestry Management II LLC

    The company or investment fund’s place of incorporation.


Investments made by this fund into companies:

For further information about these companies, visit

Investment name Country Region Sector Start date Status
CMO Africa Africa Food & Agriculture June 2022 Active
Form Ghana Limited Ghana West Africa Manufacturing December 2022 Active
Global-woods AG Uganda East Africa Food & Agriculture June 2020 Active
Hans Merensky Holdings Pty Ltd (Bacarac) South Africa Southern Africa Food & Agriculture January 2022 Active
Kudu Biomass Group (Kudu) Namibia Southern Africa Manufacturing May 2022 Active
Mass Timber Technologies (Pty) Ltd South Africa Southern Africa Manufacturing March 2024 Active
Merensky Timber (Pty) Ltd South Africa Southern Africa Food & Agriculture April 2023 Active
Moz Fibra LDA South Africa Southern Africa Food & Agriculture December 2023 Active
Rhino Modified Wood (Pty) Ltd South Africa Southern Africa Manufacturing February 2022 Active
Selokwe Agri (Pty) Ltd South Africa Southern Africa Food & Agriculture August 2019 Active
Sustainable Forestry Investments BV Ghana West Africa Food & Agriculture August 2021 Active
Vuka Timbers South Africa Southern Africa Food & Agriculture August 2019 Active

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