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Winner: Agro-Hub, Cameroon

Helping cassava farmers gain access to markets

Agro-Hub

is an agricultural production and marketing agency

in south-west Cameroon, working to connect smallholder

farmers with sustainable markets.

It has built a small integrated factory to transform cassava, a

staple crop in Cameroon, into starch and garri, a type of

tapioca, and sell these value-added goods to consumers

through its own fresh food store (Agro-Mart). So far, the

agency has helped more than 700 farmers increase

productivity and income as they build long-term sustainable

relationships with buyers.

Agro-Hub received a prize of CHF 300000, which it intends to

use for upgrading its cassava processing facilities. This increase

in production capacity will allow it to support more farmers,

and contribute to improved food security and living conditions.

At the beginning, the production processes

were carried out manually, but the Nestlé CSV

Prize will help us in establishing a modern,

integrated starch and garri factory. With this

factory, we will be able to reduce the production

process to one day or a few hours, potentially

increasing our production to 10 tons of starch

per week.”

Atem Ernest Lefu,

Co-Founder and CEO, Agro-Hub

Watch a

short video

about Agro-Hub’s work.

Driving innovation: The Nestlé Creating Shared

Value Prize

The Nestlé Creating Shared Value (CSV) Prize is awarded by the Nestlé

CSV Council every two years. The competition helps scale up or replicate

business-oriented initiatives that address challenges in nutrition, water or

rural development. It is open to social and private enterprises, as well as

non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

About the Creating Shared Value Prize

We established the CSV Prize to reward initiatives that reflect the spirit of Creating Shared Value.

We look for innovative projects, programmes or businesses that have already been tested either

as a pilot study or at a small scale; that demonstrate positive social and environmental impact;

and that need support to become commercially viable.

We invest financial and technical resources in the winning initiatives, to help them expand and

achieve financial sustainability. The winners share CHF 500000 in prize money.

The 2016 winners

We received 450 entries from 83 countries for the CSV Prize in 2016, the fourth time we have made

this award. Applications were thoroughly screened by external and internal experts, and the CSV

Council. The winner and runner-up were announced at the CSV Forum in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire,

in June 2016.

Nestlé in society – Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments 2016

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