Africa Eats

The coronavirus pandemic brings more than a healthcare crisis to Africa, it brings disruptions to the food supply chain that will likely cause widespread hunger and starvation.

The food system is already far from ideal, with (at least) 40% of that food never being eaten due to post-harvest losses (Rockefeller Foundation studies).

Adding to these issues are the friction of closed borders, lockdowns, and lost revenues from the best paying customers: hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, and safaris.

Pre-pandemic, there was far too much friction in the early-stage financial markets to fund the food/ag supply chain. Now these food companies are essential services and the only chance to prevent widespread hunger.

A solution for all these issues is Africa Eats, a holding company with a diverse set of African food/ag companies supporting hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers, feeding millions of Africans.

An agile holding company that can efficiently put capital to work to keep the food supply running.

Africa Eats does not try solving this problem from scratch, but instead begins with 27 fledglings (graduates) of Fledge, the global network of conscious company accelerators. 27 young, for-profit, growing companies chosen from thousands as most likely to succeed, with impact embedded in their product or service, and who have all received two months of intense training, capital, and follow-on support. 27 companies which in 2019 earned over $7 million in aggregate revenues and which worked directly with over 100,000 smallholder farmers.

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Training farmers


Talk to 100 foundations and government offices about their solution to hunger and poverty in Africa, and you’ll find hundreds of programs that send people out to the villages to train the farmers. These programs are pushing on a rope. Africa Eats pulls on the rope. Specifically, we invest in supply chain companies that buy from smallholder farmers. When you buy from the farmers, they then...

An Anti-SPAC


SPACs are the big new old thing in American finance this year. What is a SPAC? It’s a pile of money in search of a business. Africa Eats is an anti-SPAC. It’s a pile of companies in search of money. SPACs exist because the system for funding high-growth private companies in the United States is far from efficient, and that includes the process for listing shares on a stock exchange...

Helping farmers by investing in the supply chain


Every year at Sankalp Africa and countless other conferences the big NGOs, governments, and other institutions talk about helping smallholder farmers. The story rarely changes. Post-harvest losses. Low yields. More and better training. At Africa Eats, we think there is a better, far more efficient solution to these problems. Rather than funding and training farmers, we invest in and support the...

Historic and Future Revenues – 2014-2020


Aggregate revenues across the Africa Eats portfolio companies for 2020 came in at $9.9 million, up from $7 million in 2019, more than double the $4.6 million from 2018, a sixteen-fold increase from the $600,000 in 2014. Actual Aggregate Revenues 2014-2020 $9.9 million was over $1 million above our projections for 2020, as reported seven months ago in our first public post sharing revenues. Why...

The Transformative 25


As foundations and mission-aligned investors swiftly shift their investments into ESG funds and direct investments in values-aligned companies and entrepreneurs, they overlook many visionary funds and fund managers who are forging the future that we need. These funds are myth-busters and courageous innovations. More than rethinking our financial system, they are creating viable alternatives to...

The path to a public holding company


One goal for Africa Eats is to be a public company, listed on a major world stock market. The sub-goal on the way there is to be a public company listed on one or more African stock markets. Why go public? A few reasons. First and foremost, because before investors invest they want to see a clear way to get their money back. For equity investors in private companies, that path is either an...

Podcast; CEO Roundtable bridging Asia


Africa Eats is based in Africa, not Asia, but David Kim wanted to hear the story and share it with his global audience.

Luni’s backstory starts the episode, Why Africa at 29:00, Africa Eats at 38:30

Listen as a podcast: Apple • Google • Amazon

Capital Efficiency


Most early-stage and growth-stage startup investors focus on valuation, and the question of whether the investee’s valuation can grow by an order of magnitude or more in the next decade. At Africa Eats, we do look at that, but we focus even more on how efficient our investees are with the money we provide them. How efficient is their use of capital? Specifically, we compute a simple ratio...

Step 3 is a Truck


How do you get from problem to solution to profitable company in Africa? Like everywhere else, it’s complicated, but the third step is simple. Step 1, find a problem and develop a solution that customers will pay for. For Africa Eats, that problem is most often two sided, lack of demand by smallholder farmers and lack of supply by formal and informal restaurants and retailers. Step 2...

Hunger, Poverty, and Finance — SDGs 2, 1, and 0


Africa Eats is tackling three big problems outlined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically: #2 Hunger, #1 Poverty, and an unstated #0 Finance. The first two should be obvious given the food & agriculture focus of Africa Eats, but to be explicit: #2 Hunger Not every African is able to eat three meals per day. Not every African receives all the nutrition...

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