The African Food Company Lda (TAFC) is an organic banana plantation in the Gaza province, in the southern part of Mozambique. The company was established as an agricultural project in 2010 to meet the growing demand for premium organic bananas and to uplift the local community through job creation, skills training, knowledge transfer and the introduction of new technology. To date TAFC has created more than 400 local jobs. The company, in its operations and in all of its business-relations, is generally founded on fair, responsible and sustainable principles, reflected by adhering to internationally recognized standards and practices and by empowering and supporting local communities in the areas where the company does business.
„The African Food Company offers premium quality, organic bananas, has created more than 300 local jobs and is empowering the local community through supportive healthcare initiatives, by electrification of the local village, and by providing improved water access.“
TAFC does so by working towards improved local healthcare, by providing access to job-training, by electrification of villages, by providing improved water access and by aiming to establish outgrower-schemes for local farmers. TAFC’s principles for corporate social responsibility are defined and reflected by generally ensuring fair and socially responsible labour conditions and a healthy working environment, adhering to the standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The bananas are certified organic to EU-standards by “BCS Öko-Garantie” and sold locally through the company’s own distribution network and to the neighbouring country of South Africa, targeting a wide range of buyers, including fresh produce market buyers and retailers.
TAFC is preparing for an expansion phase, developing regional and international distribution and marketing capabilities and is implementing initiatives to obtain independent certifications to global standards, evidencing its responsible and sustainable business conduct. The basis for the continued success of the company is a commercially viable business model combined with excellent local management, an effective organizational structure, valuable commercial partnerships and efficient processes throughout the value chain. Employing this approach ensures the greatest possible economic and social impact for shareholders and stakeholders at large.
To learn more about The African Food Company, please visit www.theafricanfoodcompany.com