Good Nature Agro, a transformative force in Zambia’s agricultural sector, is making a remarkable impact by empowering small-scale farmers and revolutionizing the industry. Founded by three visionary friends, the company specializes in producing high-value legume seeds and commodities, moving farmers from poverty to the middle class while promoting sustainable practices.
Sunday Silungwe, co-founder and Director of Communications at Good Nature Agro, has a deep personal connection to the company’s mission. Growing up, he witnessed the challenges faced by farmers who tirelessly produced crops but received inadequate compensation. This inspired him to make a difference and address these issues.
In 2014, Good Nature Agro started its operations with 40 farmers in Mzapawi, a small village in what is now known as the Kasenengwa District of the Eastern Province. The company provided training, support, and access to inputs and reliable markets, aiming to uplift farmers’ livelihoods and enhance their productivity.
Over the past nine years, Good Nature Agro has become a symbol of transformative agriculture, impacting over 30,000 farmers across the country. The company’s success stems from its deep understanding of farmers’ challenges and its commitment to addressing them.
However, the journey has not been without its obstacles. Good Nature Agro faced challenges related to loan repayment and financial constraints. To overcome these hurdles, the company sought partnerships aligned with its goals and found support through the Impact Finance Network of global mining company Anglo American.
The Impact Finance Network served as a catalyst for Good Nature Agro’s growth, providing targeted technical assistance and facilitating connections with investors. The support received allowed the company to refine its strategies, deliver compelling pitches, and successfully close an $8 million Series B funding round.
This support has propelled Good Nature Agro on a promising trajectory, guaranteeing further growth and expansion. The company’s vision extends beyond the immediate market, aiming to transform small-scale farmers into essential contributors to the entire agricultural value chain in Zambia.
With an ongoing commitment to empowering farmers, Good Nature Agro aims to reach over 35,000 farmers this year, bringing prosperity to agricultural communities across the country. The company envisions Zambian farmers tapping into the African export market and becoming a key player in the continent’s food production.
By nurturing partnerships and facilitating connections, the Impact Finance Network has become a platform for unlocking the immense potential of impactful businesses. Good Nature Agro’s success stands as a testament to the transformative power of sustainable practices and economic empowerment.
As Good Nature Agro continues its transformative journey, it aims to inspire more agribusiness companies to recognize the agricultural potential within local communities. With the support of its partners and investors, the company believes that Zambian farmers are more than capable of making Zambia Africa’s food basket.