Agrisatch is a company based in Benin that locally produces large quantities of good-quality eggs. Agrisatch has become the leading poultry producer of the country, and plays, thanks to its competitive prices, an important role in improving access to protein.
Subsidiary of the agro-food group CPDA, Agrisatch is a family business founded in 2004. With two modern production sites, Agrisatch produces about 90,000 eggs per day and employs 125 people permanently. Agrisatch differentiates itself from its competitors by applying strict international norms and standards, which enabled the company to become the official supplier of a wide range of customers (hotels, restaurants…). It has greatly contributed to structure and professionalizing the poultry sector in Benin. A support program for local smallholders (3P) has been set in place.
Jean-Baptiste Satchivi was born in Cotonou in 1957 and graduated in economics and international trade at Paris V University. With his wife, he created the agribusiness CPDA in 1988, and more recently Agrisatch. They aim at becoming the leading poultry producer in West Africa, hence contributing to the emergence of a strong local industry. In 2014, M. Satchivi was elected President of Chamber of Commerce Benin and Industry of Benin.
Why is it important ?
The level of animal protein consumption in Benin was estimated as 9kgs per inhabitant per year in 2005. This level of consumption is below the recommended minimum set by the FAO at 20kgs per inhabitant per year. The demand for poultry meat is constantly increasing, and the local production of eggs only covers 10% of this demand. 32% of imports to Benin are food-related and it is estimated that 10% of the population is malnourished.
Impact matrix and analyzes
Before each reportage, we perform an impact analysis of the activity of each small company using an impact identification matrix designed by the project experts. This is done in close collaboration with the company CEO. The nature of the impacts identified (economical, social, quality of life etc) as well as the stakeholders involved (clients, employees, competitors etc) in the company ecosystem are scanned. The content of the completed matrix is then used as underlying themes for the photo/video shooting and interviews once in Africa.
IMPACT #1 / infrastructure improvement
The settlement of a production site in a rural area enabled the electrification of surrounding villages and the construction of numerous wells. When the access road is damaged by heavy rains, the company finances the repairing material. Besides, the pollution rate is close to zero thanks to the application of European environmental standards.
IMPACT #2 / job creation
The staff of Agrisatc h is composed of 120 permanent employees, benefitting from stable incomes. Wages are 50% higher that the minimal wage in Benin. A staff representative was elected a year ago and the company offers 2 training sessions per semester to its employees.
IMPACT #3 / support local economy
Most of the eggs consumed in Benin used to be imported. By producing locally, Agrisatc h was able to lower its prices by 20%. Broken eggs are sold half-price to bakers. The company buys the food for the laying hens from local corn producers. Moreover, the use of their guano has enabled surrounding agricultural productivity to be raised.
IMPACT #4 / sector structuring
The company initiated the creation of the Organization of Beninese poultry farmers (UNAP), gathering 550 members to this day. This is particularly useful to raise awareness among professionals about disease transmission (such as avian influenza) and to facilitate credit access for smaller businesses.
IMPACT #5 / promote entrepreneurship
Via a specific program, Agrisatc h sells at cost one-year hens to small poultry farms so that farmers do not have to worry about the high mortality of young chickens and the associated financial risk. They benefit from healthy hens, well-fed and vaccinated, hence able to produce more eggs.
IMPACT #6 / Improved access to education
Through its foundation Satch, Agrisatc h financed the construction of 3 primary schools in rural areas, ensuring basic education for about 500 children. Children used to walk about 10 kms to reach the closest school. But the needs are immense : there are still 70 students per class.