Africa – West Africa – The Gambia
Aspuna Group is starting its physical business in The Gambia through our local subsidiary. Our operations are, in the first instance, focusing on the processing of Cassava – a widely farmed crop in the country with currently no large scale access to world markets.
The end product Cassava starch or tapioca is an extremely versatile commodity with a wide range of users, stretching from the pharmaceutical, food and textiles industries to the bio fuels market. Our value-adding operations in The Gambia are much in line with the government’s World Bank-backed vision and strategy to unlock the country’s abundant, but under-utilised, agricultural wealth to help eradicate hunger, poverty and unemployment.
A strengthening of the country’s cassava sector will further support The Gambia in its efforts to manage the effects of climate change, which have in recent years significantly diminished groundnut yields – the country’s main cash crop.
Aspuna Gambia is an exciting enterprise with the potential to transform rural life and generate real social returns for many Gambians. Our commercial operations create markets, thus supporting farming communities in their efforts to diversify their portfolio and stabilise their income, while our processing activities at our factory site will create employment and training opportunities for Gambia’s youth.
In Africa, Aspuna Group is currently exploring further opportunities in Nigeria, Tanzania and Mozambique.
For our operations in The Gambia we have partnered with Cambridge-based tech company AgriInsight. Embedding AgriInsight’s innovative agribusiness e-platform into our operations allows Aspuna to bring a new level of efficiency to the supply chain management of Gambian farming produce.
Europe – South Europe – Portugal