About 65% of Africa’s arable land cannot sustain viable food production due to damage. This impacts at least 485 million (65%) people across the country at a financial cost of nine billion dollars every year. The human toll – everything from lost livelihoods to poor health – is incalculable.

It’s time to find sustainable solutions to restore, protect and maintain African land for the benefit of people and the planet. The Land Accelerator equips entrepreneurs with knowledge and skills to tackle this issue by building economically-viable, sustainable businesses that safeguard our planet and provide livelihoods for millions of people.

Entrepreneurs across Africa have already benefited from the Land Accelerator. Exotic EPZ, alumnus of the Land Accelerator program, led by Jane Maigua and her partners, works directly with 2600 smallholder farmers in 12 Kenyan counties who are growing over 94,000 macadamia nut trees. Not only does Exotic improve smallholder farmers livelihoods through purchase of the macadamia nuts, but the company provides capacity building and access to seedlings to its smallholder farmers as part of land restoration activities. Over the next two years, Exotic is implementing a program that will support farmers to plant and grow 150,000 macadamia nut trees, spread over nearly 500 hectares, while mixing them with other high-value tree species such as moringa.

Preparing macadamia nuts
Exotic EPZ Workers sorting macadamia nuts. Photo by Exotic EPZ

Exotic EPZ integrated land restoration into its business model in 2017. Since then, the company's sales increased by more than 1800%. Its 2,600 partner farms earn $1,013, on average per season. Recently, the company received a $ 1 million grant from the USAID-EA ATI program to help expand its activities.

“The land Accelerator helped us see the linkages between our business growth and land restoration, thus helping us remodel Exotic EPZ business, said Jane Maigua, CEO of Exotic EPZ. “With Land Accelerator, we gained confidence in pitching our business model to investors and provided an opportunity for mentorship and peer-to-pear learning,” she added.

Demand for the second phase of Land Accelerator Africa was very high, so when it kicked  off on April 26, there were more than 1,400 applications from 41 African countries. The 100 selected entrepreneurs completed a rigorous three-month online training and mentorship program. Among those, the top 16 companies were selected to benefit from one-on-one technical support and be hosted for the Land Accelerator Impact Days. The Impact Days consist of a week ofin-person entrepreneurship workshops, networking, mentorship and a field visit. The event  culminates with a Demo Day, where the entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses to a room of investors.

Once a company graduates from the program, they're more likely to attract serious funding. TerraFund for AFR100, for example, has provided $3 million in loans to 20 of these start-ups since 2021.


Aerobic Agroforestry

Contact: Owolabi Adewumi

Email: ao@aerobicagroforestry.com.ng

Sector: Trees, timber, and non-timber forest products

Location: Nigeria

Aerobic agroforestry produces and sells tree seedlings plants trees, offers agroforestry consulting services and feed additive supplements, sells tree products such as food, fruit and juice, while also gathering timber and non-timber forest products by working with local communities. In doing so, they provide environmental, social and economic benefits.

Since 2008, Aerobic Agroforestry has built substantial expertise in agroforestry commodities' propagation and sales of seedlings, having the largest soilless nursery for tree seedling production in Nigeria. Young tree plants find their way to clients in Nigeria and are accompanied by additional services to secure successful cultivation.

Initially, supplying seedlings was the goal. Today, they are restoring one of the degraded forest reserves in Nigeria: Akure Ala Forest Reserve, on 12,000 hectares. They have restored a total of 1,250 hectares with 1,250,000 trees planted, nurtured and protected thus far. They aim to plant 5 million trees in the upcoming four years. Recently, through the TerraFund for AFR100, Aerobic Agroforestry received a loan to restore the semi-arid Igangan Forest Reserve and prevent further degradation. Learn more about their business in this pitch deck.


African Honey Products

Contact: Fredrick Matress

Email: fredrickmatress@gmail.com

Sector: Honey

Location: Malawi

African Honey Products is a honey production and apiculture company providing modern beehives, equipment, technical capacity building, extension support and pollination services to growers. The honey is produced from their own beehives as well as from an out-grower network, to whom they provide an equitable market at harvest. The company also performs honey processing and marketing services.

The business has also taken a strategic direction to embark on restoration activities through a government owned natural forest reserve. The plan is to commence with 100 hectares which will be increased gradually to 300 to 500 hectares, ultimately put under restoration within the next five years. Learn more about their business in this pitch deck.



Contact: Otaigo Elisha

Email: o.elisha@novfeed.com

Sector: Fish Feed
Location: Tanzania
NovFeed produces a protein-rich fish feed based on dried, inactive single-cell organisms that are developed through the fermentation of restaurant and market food waste. Their patented formula makes nutrients from food waste available for bacteria multiplication, which in turn becomes food for fish. This solution supports sustainable fishing and prevents the need for production of fish feed from plant materials on degraded land. Learn more about their business in this pitch deck.


Africorp International

Contact: Hanan Elhadi

Email: hananelhadi27@gmail.com

Sector: Organic farm conversion, processing, and marketing
Location: Sudan
Africorp International realizes human dignity by enhancing return on small holder farmers' labor and investment to improve their quality of life and liberate them from underdevelopment caused by poverty. They assist farmers in shifting to organic food production, currently working with around 4,000 small holder farmers in Sudan. They maximize efficiency through four manufacturing, processing, and cleaning plants. They export 15 products to over 40 countries on five continents. Restoring the health of soil, Africorp has started restoration on 1,449 hectares by planting 29,780 tree seedlings in the last three years. Africorp is among the top 100 restoration projects and businesses receiving funding from TerraFund for AFR100. Learn more about their business in this pitch deck.


Agribusiness Solutions Ltd.

Contact: Florence Alice Mathingau

Email: floalice63@gmail.com

Sector: Avocado oil and products, Black Soldier Fly farming
Location: Kenya

Agribusiness Solutions Ltd reduces post-harvest loss through value-added product processing to many varieties of avocados. Avocado flesh is processed into crude oil. Avocado peels are processed into briquettes for cooking fuel, reducing tree cutting for charcoal production. Finally, the cake/sludge leftover from oil processing is used to raise Black Soldier Flies for human and animal protein consumption. They have 12,000 contracted farmers who have a total of 24,000 acres under restoration. To address seasonality challenges in Kenya, they intend to have 100,000 contracted farmers growing Hass avocados on 200,000 acres of land in East Africa by 2025. Learn more about their business in this pitch deck.


Ceriops Environmental Organization

Contact: Zipporah Chalwa and Levis Sirikwa

Email: chalwazipporah@gmail.comlevis.sirikwa@ceriops.org

Sector: Mangrove Nursery/Restoration

Location: Kenya

Ceriops produces high-quality mangrove seedlings as a tool for the successful restoration of degraded mangroves. Mikoko na Jamii Mangrove Restoration Model, which they use, integrates community knowledge and scientific knowledge to spur sustainable restoration of mangroves. Partnering with six community groups, they provide training and information packaging, data management and research, as well as resource mobilization, while community groups handle matters related to nursery set-up, mangrove planting and maintenance. In the last 12 months, they have put 25 hectares of mangroves under restoration with 3 mangrove species. They have a target of increasing mangrove species in nurseries from three to six, hence restoring up to 50 hectares of degraded mangroves in 2023. The current projects include nursery set-up with SOA microgrants and active restoration of mangroves with Absa bank and OneTree organization through the World Economic Forum. Learn more about their business in this pitch deck.  



Contact: Ulrich Djido

Email: ulrichdjido@gmail.com

Sector: Organic compost and fertilizer

Location: Benin

Biolife reduces the use of chemical fertilizers in the production of fruits and vegetables through the development of high-quality compost and manure from farms and other locally available organic residues. Selling to approximately 12,000 fruit and vegetable farmers and 500 rice producers, BioLife organic fertilizers maintain soil fertility for sustainable food production. Through its activities, focusing on the organic fertilizer production and training of producers, Biolife has so far contributed to the restoration of more than 70 hectares of degraded land and plans to increase to over 500 hectares by 2025. Learn more about their business in this pitch deck.


Herou Alliance

Contact: Rokiatou Traore

Email: routra7@gmail.com

Sector: Moringa

Location: Mali

Herou Alliance fosters economic, environmental and social impacts for rural and urban women and youth by building an inclusive Moringa value chain. They deliver technical assistance to rural women to help them become effective organic Moringa suppliers while contributing to the reforestation of the degraded landscapes. So far, the company has empowered 15,000 partner women and youth and has put under restoration 1,000 hectares through planting 10 million Moringa trees. Recently, in Partership with 1,070 Malian farmers, the company planted over 20,000 Moringa trees. In addition, the company supports them in transforming and commercializing Moringa products via business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) models. They produce a line of Moringa teas, powder, soap and oil. Capitalizing on the rising awareness of nutritional and health benefits of the superfood Moringa, they export to over nine countries, including Germany, France, USA, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Togo, Benin and Gabon. Learn more about their business in this pitch deck.


Horizon Business Ventures

Contact: Bernard Muchiri

Email: bvhorizon@gmail.com

Sector: Essential Oils

Location: Kenya

Horizon Business Ventures motivates communities to participate in conservation efforts and provides livelihood opportunities through the production of essential oils from the safeguarded rich biodiversity of forests. Their target markets are the cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical industries, fueled by consumers increasingly embracing safe, healthy, natural products. They offer five tree-based oils and produce animal feed as a secondary revenue stream. HBV together with Climate partners plan to plant 5 million indigenous trees, covering 5000 hectares (263,000 already planted) in the next five years. 150,000 indigenous trees will be planted under IKI(GIZ) project (2022-2024), within three blocks of Mount Kenya Forest. Learn more about their business in this pitch deck.


Inkingi Eco Ltd

Contact: Faida Zoubeda Uwase

Email: inkingimodernfarmers@gmail.com

Sector: Cookstoves and tree nursery

Location: Rwanda

Inkingi Eco Ltd incentivizes communities to shift to sustainable, modern, cleaner energy cooking solutions-solar cookstoves. These stoves reduce cooking fuel use, mitigating negative health and environmental impacts. These stoves are more affordable, timesaving, cleaner and more efficient than traditional cooking systems. This solution saves forests from illegal logging, and through the restoration campaign works to restore degraded forests. So far, they have put 286 hectares under restoration, with an additional 50 hectares of native and fruit trees in the pipeline. Learn more about their business in this pitch deck.


Kontiki Bamboo Works Ltd.

Contact: Dr Koojo Charles Amooti

Email: koojocharles@yahoo.co.uk 

Sector: Bamboo Integrated Agroforestry and Products

Location: Hoima, Uganda
Kontiki Bamboo Works Ltd.’s work centers around bamboo, a plant that contributes to soil improvement, conservation, bio-energy, clean air and social-economic benefits for people. They have created 500 jobs for women and youth and provide a sustainable livelihood while restoring land and mitigating climate change. Kontiki produces and plants bamboo seedlings. Currently, they have planted on 200 hectares and have 52 bamboo contract farmers (80 hectares). The company additionally produces bamboo products, including toothpicks, table mats, menu covers, furniture crafts/souvenirs and construction poles.

Kontiki plans to establish an integrated agroforestry, working with 10,000 household bamboo villages, curb deforestation and put under restoration 5,000 hectares in the next 5 years. This intervention is expected to generate income of 5 billion dollars and create 50,000 jobs through the bamboo value addition, supply chain, skilling and innovation center, eco-tourism and carbon trading. Learn more about their business in this pitch deck.  


Moto Feeds

Contact: Joseph Kiarie

Email: josekiarie1991@gmail.com

Sector: Grassland restoration

Location: Kenya

Moto Feeds is revitalizing degraded grasslands by providing sustainable fodder solutions to the Maasai community. Their solution combines the planting of Boma Rhodes grass to provide all season fodder and trees. Seeds and hay are harvested, and excess is sold for extra income. Moto Feeds has successfully planted 70,000 acres of grassland and 1,500,000 trees. Currently the company is partnering with more pastoralist communities to scale up this solution. Learn more about their business in this pitch deck.


Mundawathu Gardens

Contact: Berias Unyolo

Email: mundawathugardens@gmail.com

Sector: Fruit and Bamboo Seedlings

Location: Malawi

Mundawathu Gardens focuses on multiplication and propagation of drought resistant fruit trees and bamboo seedlings to combat high rates of deforestation and fruit imports through commercialization. They sell the seedlings to agricultural cooperatives, the private sector and environmentally conscious stakeholders at affordable prices to improve productivity despite the harsh climatic conditions. They provide more than 20 varieties of high yield seedlings of fruit trees and offer planting and agricultural management services to cooperatives and the private sector. Since 2018, Mundawathu Gardens and partners have put over 65,000 hectares under restoration and anticipate restoring over 25,000 hectares of land using over 450,000 seedlings raised in the 2022 to 2023 rainy season. Learn more about their business in this pitch deck.



Contact: Yusuf Tura

Email: obamastove@gmail.com

Sector: Cookstoves

Location: Ethiopia

Obamastove is the second largest cookstove company in Africa. It has scaled the manufacture and sold over 500,000 cookstoves without any grants or big investments. The design of their cookstoves reduces fuel consumption by 50% and harmful emissions by 60% compared to traditional cooking. Learn more about their business in this pitch deck.


Perfect Village Communities

Contact: Parfait Mugisha

Email: Mugparfait07@gmail.com

Sector: Diversified tree nursery

Location: Burundi
Perfect Village Communities tackles issues of farmland degradation and malnutrition through land restoration. They produce tree seedlings and train farmers and communities in sustainable land and soil management.

This year, they plan to restore 2,000 new hectares with a vision to reach million hectares in the upcoming five years. This will be coupled with intensive food production activities on restored land and transforming different varieties of trees planted into final products for multiple use (medicinal products, natural fertilizers, etc.) in collaboration with the Community Production Units. Learn more about their business in this pitch deck.


African Oilseeds Processing Company

Contact: Ngoupeyi Kouemene Rinel Randolph

Email: ngoupeyirandolph@yahoo.com

Sector: Avocado oil and products

Location: Cameroon

African Oilseeds Processing Company strives to eliminate avocado post-harvest loss through the processing of avocados into a variety of products. Avocado pulp is processed into extra-virgin avocado oil. Avocado peels and waste from oil production are processed into organic fertilizer. Seeds are planted to produce more avocado seedlings, which are planted on farmers' land. The latter are provided with beehives placed under the protective avocado canopy. Avocado and hive products are, in turn, purchased back from farmers to produce more avocado oil, beeswax, and honey products. To date, they have planted 31,222 avocado seedlings on 295 hectares. In the next three years, they will plant 120,000 seedlings on degraded grasslands through an agreement with the chiefdom of Banfang Fokam. Learn more about their business in this pitch deck.


About Land Accelerator

Land Accelerator program provides a cost-effective approach to restore and develop rural areas around the world. Land Accelerator does so through its online and in-person boot camps and personalized mentorship that empowers entrepreneurs to pitch impact investors and sell their products more effectively while restoring the degraded land. So far, the Land Accelerator accounts for a network of 407 graduates in Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. These companies have engaged more than 474,106 farmers to restore more than 620,789 hectares. In addition, these companies provide more than 11,501 jobs and generate an average revenue of $128,500. However, more investments and partnerships are needed to support these entrepreneurs scale up their work. An estimate of nearly $500,000,000 is needed for these companies to scale up and serve more people while safeguarding the planet.


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