In addition to it’s own pilot projects, Partagria has incubated two new ventures in Francophone West Africa: Majota Natural and Africa Nut Exporters. Today’s update will focus on the activities of Africa Nut Exporters.
Africa Nut Exporters supplies quality nuts from West African countries to our partners and clients. In addition to our own peanut farms, we partner with growers, processors, and others in the global peanut supply chain to deliver high-quality peanuts to our customers.
Peanuts and tree nuts are great-tasting, healthy power ingredients. Research shows that the fat, protein and fiber in nuts promote health and may reduce risks of chronic disease when consumed as part of a healthy diet. Peanuts and tree nuts can be made into flour, oil and other ingredients that combine well in recipes and products of all kinds.
As consumers become savvier about health and nutrition, manufacturers have opportunities to create new generations of products that help people make positive lifestyle changes through the food they purchase, cook and consume. Peanuts are becoming an ingredient in new and enticing products with enhanced nutritional profiles including plant-based protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.
Most of the peanut production volume in West Africa is cultivated by small farmers and rural cooperatives. Groundnuts are a key cash crop for peanut-growing regions and provides a vital influx of cash into communities that provides disposable income, unlike subsistence crops such as millet or sorghum. Thus, the cash income from peanut cultivation serves as a vital step for farmers to climb out of poverty.
Among prominent cultivated crops in the developing countries, groundnut is unique because the plant and its produce have a wide range of uses in the daily life of the people as well as in the various industries. The roots of the plant help to enrich the soil with nitrogen (a key fertilizer for other crops) and the vines serve as excellent protein-rich fodder for cattle and sheep. Thus, the cultivation of peanuts provides not only a source of funds for rural farmers, but also beneficial by-products used locally.