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What shipyards, cassava, asparagus and horse hair have in common…

They are all examples of products from entreprises assisted by Advance Consulting with the development and financing of their investment projects in developing countries.

holland-shipyards-advance-consultingSierra Leone
Holland Shipyards took over a neglected shipyard in Freetown from the government and managed to transform it into a vibrant enterprise, thereby saving jobs for some 50 employees. The yard’s capacity is being increased, enabling ships from Sierra Leone and the region to avail of professional maintenance and repairs. In time, Holland Shipyards expects to start the building of new boats at the yard in Freetown. This way Holland Shipyards contributes to the economic development of Sierra Leone.



dadtco-advance-consultingNigeria, Ghana, Mozambique
Cassava roots have to be used within 48 hours after harvest. The Dutch company DADTCO developed a mobile technology for the processing of cassava in to starch. The starch can be used as a raw material for beer, bread and other food products. The mobile cassava processing units connect thousands of small scale farmers in Africa with the large scale processing industry, thereby strengthening the local economy and increasing food security in Africa.



Sjeng Hoefsloot is a Dutch enterpreneur based in Peru. Through a smart combination of irrigation and drainage, he managed to transform salinated soil on the coast into an area suitable for agriculture. In 2004 he planted his first 5 ha of asparagus. Currently he cultivates 300 ha of asparagus for export to Europe and North America, employing hundreds of people. His next project is to grow a plantation of 200 ha with mandarin trees in the middle of the desert.



Made in Mongolia BV processes horsehair for several applications, from musical instruments to matrasses. Together with partners in Mongolia and the Netherlands, the company also develops sustainable processing techniques for the tanning of leather from horse hides for the use in high value products. Made in Mongolia thus builds inclusive value chains connecting thousands of shepherds in Mongolia to the international market.