Extracts Industries (NEI) from Tanzania and Agro-Hub from Cameroon were selected from a group of 450 applicants by the Nestlé CSV Council, along with 9 independent experts and 9 Nestlé internal experts.
Agro-Hub is an agricultural production and marketing agency in south-west Cameroon working to help small-scale farmers gain access to sustainable markets. Agro-Hub has built a small, integrated factory to transform cassava into starch and garri, a type of tapioca, and sell it to its network of consumers through its own fresh food store (AgroMart).
NEI is a Tanzanian base social enterprise pioneering sustainable extraction of flavors Founded in November 2011. NEI has established a value chain for the marketing of natural flavor extracts from vanilla, cacao, and orange, working with smallholder farmers on the Tanzanian side of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke, said “Both programs will do a great job by providing social-economic benefits to smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, and increasing commercial value locally in the production of vanilla and cassava.
The victory of Agro-Hub and Extract Industries reflect good examples of how the private sector can contribute to increasing livelihoods in Africa. Moreover, these winners will receive a share of CHF 500,000 in prize monies.