About

Maneli Foods is driven by a purpose - to transform agribusiness in Africa.

Accounting for 25% of Africa’s GDP and 70% of employment, agriculture has been a powerful driver of Africa’s “rising”. And yet, for a continent estimated to hold 50% or more of the world’s uncultivated arable land, Africa’s current contribution to global food trade and security is marginal.

Our focus is on four areas:

Transforming agribusiness in Africa through entrepreneurship

2% of the US population is engaged in agriculture and yet the US produces a food trade surplus of $25 billion. By contrast, 60% of Africa’s population works in agriculture and yet the continent has a food trade deficit of $25bn.

Entrepreneurs can play a pivotal role in closing Africa’s food trade deficit and Maneli Foods has embraced the challenge.

Increasing prosperity by providing employment

Despite economic growth, Africa still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world, especially among women and youth. A successful agribusiness sector presents exponential opportunities for employment and skills development.

Maneli Foods has an inclusive approach to employment and actively pursues ventures that will provide jobs for the youth, black people and women.

Enhancing agricultural productivity through innovation

Multinational corporations have dominated technological advances in agriculture, to the exclusion of developing nations. Without access to these production and processing technologies, Africa has been unable to compete in the global food industry.

Maneli Foods is fueling Africa’s agricultural industry by growing high-potential agribusinesses, nurturing entrepreneurship and driving technological innovation.

Using sustainability as our benchmark for success

Agriculture is a key to the achievement of many goals in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to end poverty and hunger and promote prosperity and people’s wellbeing, while protecting the environment.

Maneli Foods is focused on sustainability. We invest in agribusinesses that have the potential for long-term growth and long-lasting social and economic impact.

Our values: Social entrepreneurship Excellence Meritocracy Diversity and inclusivity