Organic Ilemba is involved in the cultivation and processing of the Azolla plant, a rich source of protein for animal feed such as poultry, fish, pigs, and cattle.

Market Opportunity/ Problem

According to a recent study, the animal feed market was valued at US$345 billion in 2020, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.90% from 2020 to 2026 to reach US$460 billion by 2026. According to the United Nations prediction, the global demand for food is expected to grow by over 50% by the end of 2050. To achieve this, animal food production is expected to be approximately three times (for dairy and fish) and almost double (for poultry, swine, and beef) in comparison to the current production rate. The growth in demand for livestock products suggests that there will be a consequent rise in demand for animal feed, not only of cereals but of other feeds and particularly proteins.

Company Information

Years of operation


Type of organization

Private company

Stage of the business

Early stage/ Startup

Agribusiness focus


Agriculture value chain(s) focus?


Primary country of operation


Other country(ies) of operation


How many employees does your business have?


Does the business have more than 30% women ownership?


Does the business have more than 30% youth ownership (under 35 years)?


Financing and expansion overview

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What is the split between equity and debt?

65% equity and 35% debt
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