Partnerships & projects

Nurturing growth

At the heart of our business is a deep-seated commitment to sell African fresh produce to Africans. Since 2009 we have established strategic partnerships with numerous farmers throughout Africa. Our agricultural development projects are best established in Angola, but we are also aggressively expanding our efforts in other markets.

Together with the experts at Namakwaland Sitrus we provide technical assistance, farming input, seed and planting programmes to numerous out-growers. It is heartening to see how the farmers and their communities have flourished since our involvement, and the projects have also helped us to be less reliant on imported produce.

We offer a whole crop solution to the farmer by exporting and packaging the first grade products and processing the second grade products. This maximises the return and ensures a sustainable stream of income for the farmer.

Sustainable African Resources

Our longstanding agricultural operations in Africa have had the added benefit of allowing us to establish strong contacts with suppliers of African hardwoods in Angola and Ivory Coast. Sustainable African Resources is a fully-owned subsidiary of the Alto Vida Group which specialises in exporting and processing West African tropical hardwoods. 

Sustainable African Resources has entered into partnerships with market leaders in the hardwood industry, where Alto Vida sources the raw materials and handles the logistics and our partners take care of processing the raw materials. Currently the value-add takes place in South Africa, but plans are already afoot to establish factories at source.

Sustainable African Resources

Our longstanding agricultural operations in Africa have had the added benefit of allowing us to establish strong contacts with suppliers of African hardwoods in Angola and Ivory Coast. Sustainable African Resources is a fully-owned subsidiary of the Alto Vida Group which specialises in exporting and processing West African tropical hardwoods.

Sustainable African Resources has entered into partnerships with market leaders in the hardwood industry, where Alto Vida sources the raw materials and handles the logistics and our partners take care of processing the raw materials. Currently the value-add takes place in South Africa, but plans are already afoot to establish factories at source.

Strategic partnership with Namakwaland Sitrus

The Alto Vida Group has entered into a strategic partnership with Namakwaland Sitrus, a large South African agricultural conglomerate. What started out as a mutual appreciation of one another’s corporate philosophy has now developed into a fully-fledged business partnership. While the relationship between the two groups is beneficial on many levels, it is based on two key cornerstones:

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The agricultural expertise of Namakwaland Sitrus is invaluable in helping Alto Vida to nurture and educate local farmers in Angola, Senegal, Ghana and Ivory Coast.

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At Alto Vida we use our vast knowledge of marketing, packaging and distribution to find markets for Namakwaland Sitrus, both in South Africa and in other African countries.

Highgrow Agri

HighGrow Agri (HGA), a valued partner of Alto Vida, is currently engaged in the transformation of the potato farming industry in Uganda. Agriculture has great potential to contribute to sustainable development in Uganda as there are currently very few commercial farms in the country and Ugandan agriculture has fallen way behind global standards. At the moment the average production yield of potatoes in Uganda is only 5.8 metric tons per hectare. HGA has identified farmland in the Masaka area for a pilot project where they aim to produce at least 40 tons per hectare. This will be achieved by planting imported seed potatoes from South Africa and employing optimal fertilizer and pesticide input programs.

For the project to be successful it will rely on Alto Vida’s vast knowledge of marketing and distribution channels. A multi-faceted strategy combining the following elements will be implemented:

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Contracts with large supermarkets and retailers will be pursued

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Direct selling to urban traders who will collect the potatoes on the farm

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Direct selling to rural traders who will collect the potatoes on the farm, or at the nearest market point

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Direct selling to hotels, restaurants and fast-food chains in Kampala

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Direct selling to Owino and Nakasero markets in Kampala

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Export contracts and agreements will be established with East African countries