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African leaders recognize that the degradation of 65% of the continent’s agricultural land threatens economic and environmental ruin for millions of farmers. At the same time, the effects of climate change – lower crop yields, erratic rainfall, prolonged droughts – are making life harder for millions of people. That’s why African countries have pledged to begin restoring 100 million hectares of degraded land by 2030 through AFR100.

Africa Trees is an investment holding company, investing in for-profit companies restoring land through agroforestry. Profitable companies whose business models are centered on growing tree (or bamboo) seedlings and not just planting the seedlings and hoping for the best, but creating sustainable value from those trees so that the local communities ensure the trees survive and thrive.

Three landscapes

To start with we are focusing on three landscapes: the Greater Rift Valley of Kenya, the Cocoa Belt in Ghana, and the Lake Kivu & Rusizi River Basin in Rwanda, DRC, and Burundi.

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2023 Portfolio

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We’ve invested in a collection of companies based in three “landscapes” across the continent: the Greater Rift Valley in Kenya; Lake Kivu and Rusizi Basin in DRC, Rwanda, and Burundi; and the Cacao Belt in Ghana. The Tuungane Coffee Growers’ Cooperative (COCAT) is a coffee cooperative of thousands of women coffee growers in the DRC. Organic, exceptional, 100% feminine coffee...

The Land Accelerator

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In 2018, World Resources Institute (WRI) launched the Land Accelerator Africa, the world’s first training and mentorship program targeted specifically toward businesses that restore degraded forests, farmland and pasture. To support the AFR100 Initiative’s goal of restoring 100 million hectares of land by 2030, the Land Accelerator provides entrepreneurs across Africa with mentorship and...

AFR100 & TerraMatch

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It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a large partnership to restore hundreds of millions of hectares across a continent. AFR100 is the largest of these partnerships: The African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative is a country-led effort to restore  Africa’s degraded and deforested land. Together, we are realizing the world’s greatest restoration opportunity! 34 countries...

Why a Permanent Capital Investment Company?

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Restoring 100’s of millions of hectares of land across Africa will require hundreds of billions of dollars. Far more money philanthropy and government aid can provide. The solution is to provide investment structures which attract investors to provide capital for solutions. Doing that requires finding and growing profitable companies which plant trees and restore land as part of operating...

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