The BDA Foundation is dedicated to launching and incubating local businesses throughout Africa, and to develop the capacity of the private sector in the form of BDA™ Certified Ecopreneurs who will innovate the world’s Agricultural and botanical supply chain. BDA’s mission is unique and invaluable.
WHO WE ARE
BDA is an international non-profit organization that trains, equips, certifies, and provides the necessary scientific and business support for BDA™ Certified Ecopreneurs (entrepreneurs in professional agri-business with environmental and sustainable development best practices) to succeed in Africa’s emerging agricultural and botanical industry.
Our Breakthrough Opportunity...To Formalize Africa’s Botanical/Agricultural Economy
Africa is teeming with an extraordinary abundance and diversity of botanical resources which until now have been underutilized due to the fact that they grow in the wild and subsistence farmers cannot meet the demanding quality control and manufacturing requirements.
There is a global market for these plants for use in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and cosmetic industries, however Africa currently has poor quality control in an industry where international protocols are norms are strict with very high standards for semi-finished and finished products.
The BDA Foundation through its visionary leadership and guidance is building Africa’s equitable botanical supply chain and creating a world-class integrated business ecosystem that will change the future of Africa.
The BDA Ecosystem Valuable Components
Each component of the BDA ecosystem has the potential to generate its own revenue, solidify the ecosystem, and facilitate the expansion into new countries.
Plant Action: Selecting/training/certifying/mentoring ecopreneurs to launch and operate their own businesses
BASS (Botanical Alliance for Sustainable Supply)
B2B and B2C: Commercialization and e-commerce platform
BASF (Botanical Alliance for Sustainable Finance): invests in ecopreneur startups
BDA Label: Global brand presence and partnerships
Processing Center: Contract processing for “fees for services”
Plant Nursery: Ensures traceability of seeds and plants
HOW WE WORK
BDA Foundation, headquartered in Canada, operates in Africa through BDA’s branches which are legally recognized by national African governments. Initially operating in DRC, BDA’s programs are now rapidly expanding into additional countries throughout the African continent.
Each BDA “National” works in partnership with local government, Institutions, local communities, private sector and donors. BDA Program Support Unit (PSU) assists national operations and is composed of international and African renowned specialists in Botanic, Agriculture, Food Security, Entrepreneurship, Finances, Management, Quality Control, Processing, Science, Supply chain, Marketing, logistic, Environment, Climate Change and Renewable Energy.
BDA’s mission is unique and invaluable
The BDA Foundation is a non-profit organization that trains, equips, and provides the necessary scientific and business expertise for new ecological entrepreneurs to succeed in the botanicals industry. BDA helps to ensure that their products meet the international quality and sustainable development standards of the agro-food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.
At the heart of the foundation is a commitment to:
Foster a culture of entrepreneurship in African countries
Trade not Aid: Create sustainable economic opportunities in developing countries
Fight climate change and biodiversity erosion in the most vulnerable ecosystems
The BDA Foundation is dedicated to launching and incubating local businesses throughout Africa, and to develop the capacity of the private sector in the form of Ecopreneurs who will innovate the world’s Agricultural and botanical supply chain. BDA’s mission is unique and invaluable.
The vision of BDA is to build and grow Africa’s botanical supply chain and to guide and support ecopreneurs through the entire process of the BDA innovative business system. We are shifting Africa’s agriculture from artisanal farming to 21st century ‘Pharming’ by training professional, educated agriculturalists and giving them access to land ownership. We then assist them in establishing their own formal SME. We then provide ongoing training and support to enable them to master complex business transactions. We’re growing plants, growing people, and growing economies throughout the African continent. BDA is… Innovation that Empowers!