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The Fund will invest in potential portfolio companies by taking either a majority or significant minority stake, where it seeks to have board representation and other meaningful shareholder rights. 

Our goal is to invest in agri businesses across the value chain in the target sectors and build these businesses to produce and manage the raw material supply, provide a hedge against commodity cycles, manage the value chain and own sustainable and tangible assets.


Investments will be complemented by a Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) primarily funded by the European Commission, managed by IFAD and implemented by TechnoServe, with additional contributions from the Italian Development Co-operation, UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa). TAF will support the management teams of the AAF SME Fund portfolio companies with strategic, operational and technical expertise to enhance their growth. With up to US$ 500,000 of assistance available per business, this provides a significant opportunity to bolster and build the AAF SME Fund investments.

The AAF SME Fund’s investment policy mirrors that of the AAF, with the key difference being that the AAF SME Fund has an investment limit of US$ 4 million per transaction. The Fund will also, in line with World Bank definition of an SME, only invest in companies with gross assets less than US$ 15 million and fewer than 300 employees. SMEs offer significant growth opportunities and have an important impact on economic development and job creation. These small and medium businesses (formal and informal) represent the real economy and remain the key for the economic development of the continent.

If you or your SME company has a business venture that meets the strict AAF SME Fund investment criteria, please complete and submit the one-page AAF SME Fund Funding Application Form available in either MSWORD or PDF format to the DAFML deal team.

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