West End Farms is a 300ha mixed farming enterprise located in the Centre Province of Cameroon. The Company engages in the production of maize and soya. WEF also engages in commercial breeding, rearing and fattening of pigs for pork production, and on a smaller scale, sheep and poultry farming.
In 2012, WEF product yields began declining, with most machines getting obsolete or in a state of disrepair. The farm lacked some key agronomical expertise and a structured management system to spearhead an advancement in growth.
The WEF pig enterprise was also seeing static growth and the company had challenges harnessing the weaner mortality, increasing birth rates and ensuring better food conversion.
In December 2012, The AAF SME Fund made its initial investment in West End Farms. $2.39m worth of capital has been invested in the business to date. Some of the funds went into the purchase of crop farming equipment to facilitate operations. The Fund’s multipronged approach sought to:
Additionally, WEF has a 44-year lease to develop more land; potentially with government subsidies. The AAF SME Fund will retain the option to fund WEF to develop this additional farming area over the life of the investment.