Partner: UKA Consultancy Ltd

UKA Consultancy Ltd is a London based management consultancy with a regional office in Sierra Leone (West Africa) that is connecting Western businesses and investments to Africa. UKA Consultancy Ltd rendered services ranging from facilitating contract for both private and public businesses, project management, market research and Insight, recruitment, training, funding and insurance etc.

Partnerships & Collaborations

In many emerging markets including West Africa it is common practice for new entrants to partner with local businesses to deliver goods and services.
The local knowledge we provide combined with our international experience allows us to facilitate productive partnerships to successfully deliver goods and services in challenging environments.

UKA Consultancy works with businesses at both ends of the chain, local and international, to create mutually beneficial partnerships. In many cases we will be involved prior to the tender process all the way through to project management.
The respect of stringent sustainability standards, the introduction of innovative business solutions, and transparency position UKA Consultancy Ltd to serve as a model for sustainable business investment in Africa.  The company arose out of Brunel University’s Co-innovative Programme, and has created an exciting new platform that enables UK-West Africa innovation development. Our vision is to create positive, successful collaborations between Europe and Africa to ensure sustainable economic growth that benefits both Africa and the West.

Partners: Rokosan and Rokovia

I am collaborating with Adam Szoke from Rokosan and Rokovia in the production of organic fertilisers for the plantation.

ROKOSAN ltd. has been producing liquid and loose fertilizers for over 25 years. Rokosan’s technology is protected by national patents in USA, China and Russian Federation. Unique methods of utilization of animal waste express provide the ultimate solution for self-sufficient countries. To promote its idea globally, subsidiary Rokovia ltd. was formed.

The country with the production of animal waste (feathers, cattle horns and hooves) could be self-sufficient in the production of liquid fertilizers thanks to our technology. Food security would be ensured through its own bio-food production. The added value would be the export of fertilizer overproduction. The production of amino-acid fertilizers will ensure the growth of job opportunities and agricultural production. Sierra Leone can become pioneer of organic farming in Africa.

Common vision of Cacao Elegguá and Rokosan / Rokovia is to make world healthier and greener. Innovative methods in agriculture present the real solution for sustainable growth of food production.

Partner: Bosques de Cacao Yariguies (Colombia)

I am collaborating with Miguel Beltrán from Bosques de Cacao Yariguies in Colombia to farm, produce and process chocolate.
I spent one year travelling around, Central, South American and the Caribbean conducting research about growing cacao, chocolate making and agricultural practices.

My time in Cuba was where I really gained an insight to the amazing benefits of agroecological farming and what it had done for Cuba considering USA’s embargo. Their agricultural revolution was inadvertently made possible due to USA’s embargo, what a response though.

My last stop before returning to Europe was Colombia, where I spent time volunteering at Miguel’s farm. I would say that was where I wanted and needed to be, as it was the preparation that was necessary to give me the impetus in embarking on the Cacao Elegguá project. I have still a lot to learn from Miguel and we are constantly collaborating to ensure that once we start processing, we will be producing quality artisan products.
We are very meticulous about our approach to ecological farming and it is great to have someone like him to exchange and enhance our knowledge base.  We need to do this in order to achieve the very best quality that we can. We aim to be the pioneers in setting high agricultural standards and not just concentrating solely on the balance sheet, but on people’s health.

I must say that Miguel and I share similar dreams of creating an agrotourism paradise, processing cacao with the best quality in mind, using zero chemical in our quest to ensure that our products are of the best quality and leaving minimal carbon footprint behind. We want to also provide a knowledge base when where people would learn and implement innovative practices, as we also conduct a huge amount research which can be shared.

An introduction to Miguel’s initiative