AgriFI invested EUR 5 million in the Babban Gona franchise, an investment expected to attract senior debt and reach the ambition to support one million smallholder farmers in Nigeria.
Babban Gona (“Great Farm” in Hausa) is an agricultural, for-profit, socially responsible private company which has developed an innovative large-scale agricultural franchise model in northern Nigeria, through which it provides a wide range of tailored end-to-end services to its network of smallholder members. The business model of Babban Gona consists of delivering training and development, financial credit, agricultural inputs, and output harvest and marketing services. The company started operations in 2012.
AgriFI provided junior debt funding which is especially important to Babban Gona as it allows them to crowd in additional senior debt while maintaining robust financial ratios. AgriFI investment should help Babban Gona to raise € 15 million in senior debt, supporting the company in doubling the number of smallholder farmers. AgriFI’s contribution will finance the enrolment of additional farmers, leading to an increase in the cultivation area as well as in maize production.
AgriFI is keen to support this project promoting sustainable smallholder farming and helping farmers to increase their productivity and profitability. Babban Gona integrates smallholder farmers in a consolidated and functional value chain where it provides a holistic package of inputs and services to support its members in attaining yields above 2x the national average, improve the quality of their crop, reduce the cost of their inputs, and obtain premium prices at the point of sale. All of these factors combine to ultimately increase member net income over 3x the national average.
€ 5 million
Targeted impact – Smallholder farmers
Targeted impact – Tons of food production
Targeted impact – Ha of area cultivated