British International Investment

Sahel Capital - FAFIN

NigeriaAfricaConsumer - other servicesFood & Agriculture

The Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (FAFIN) was established in 2014.

FAFIN invests in high-growth enterprises across the agricultural value chain in Nigeria, primarily in processing, livestock, storage, distribution, organic farming products and production.

As well as providing capital to these companies, the fund also offers a technical assistance facility to help strengthen their capacity.

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

Our investment

Description of the investment.

In 2017, CDC invested $15 million in FAFIN through the Impact Fund, bringing the fund size to $66 million. 

Other investors include the African Development Bank, the Dutch Good Growth Fund, the Federal Government of Nigeria, and KfW, the German development bank. 

Our investment supports local high-growth enterprises across the agricultural value chain in Nigeria.

Expected impact

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Agriculture plays a vital role in the Nigerian economy - accounting for 60 per cent of labour force and 24 per cent of GDP.  Most farms are owned by smallholder farmers relying on SMEs in the sector to connect them to the growing Nigerian consumer market.

Despite their importance, agricultural SMEs struggle to access long-term flexible finance. FAFIN is trying to tackle this problem by providing capital to this under-served group.  FAFIN backs sustainable businesses that seek to revolutionise the Nigerian agribusiness landscape while creating jobs, improving productivity, and strengthening supply chains. 

So far, FAFIN has backed businesses that have created over 500 new jobs – 50 per cent of which are for women and young people – and improved the lives of over 1,000 smallholder farmers and their families by supporting innovative business incentives and out-grower schemes.

Environmental and social information

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Environmental and social summary

We work closely with the first-time team on managing the environmental and social risks associated with investments into the agriculture value chain.

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.

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    Last updated

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    June 2024
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    Consumer - other services, Food & Agriculture

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    June 2017
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    Fund Manager:
    Sahel Capital

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Investments made by this fund into companies:

For further information about these companies, visit

Investment name Country Region Sector Start date Status
Coscharis Farms Limited Nigeria West Africa Food & Agriculture May 2018 Active
Crest Agro Products Limited Nigeria West Africa Food & Agriculture April 2017 Active
Dayntee Farms Limited Nigeria West Africa Food & Agriculture September 2016 Active
Diamond Pearl Agro Allied Limited Nigeria West Africa Food & Agriculture December 2015 Active
L&Z Integrated Farms Ltd Nigeria West Africa Food & Agriculture February 2015 Exited
Ladgroup Limited Nigeria West Africa Food & Agriculture May 2019 Active
Polyfilm Packaging Nigeria West Africa Food & Agriculture November 2019 Active
TradeDepot Inc Nigeria West Africa Consumer - other services October 2021 Active

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