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About Us

"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulder of giants" - Issac Newton

National development is a multi generational effort, the present building on the achievements of the previous.

Heritage Holdings is a 100% Gambian owned company registered under the Companies Act of The Gambia. We have a simple goal of contributing our quota in the national development of The Gambia.

Our company has a mission to engage in a wide range of activities that touch the most basic and far advanced aspects of everyday life. We are a professionally managed company that believes in profitable, sustainable, and enjoyable long-term relationships with its all its key stakeholders - including employees, customers, shareholders, suppliers, and local communities’ members.

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OUR DIVISIONS

As a holding company, Heritage Holdings has interest in various facets of the economy.

Investment

We believe that small to medium scale enterprises play a vital role in boosting our economy. It is in light of this that we support bold innovative ideas that have potential to effect change.

Agribusiness

We work and strive for Agricultural Transformation in The Gambia. It due to our committment to achieving this goal that we are creating value through our Sira® brand. Learn about our contract farming scheme below.

General Trading

Our trading division is engaged in sourcing, procurement and supply of various goods and commodities for households, companies and factories alike.

Heritage Agribusiness Contract Farming Scheme

Improving the horticultural sector and increasing income among smallholder farmers.

"There are around 500 million smallholder farmers in the world, and they produce up to 80% of the food consumed in Africa and Asia. They are net buyers of food and very vulnerable to food price increases and spikes. As a group, they are among the poorest and most marginalized in the world. They are also stewards of increasingly scarce natural resources and on the frontline of dealing with the impacts of climate change. Smallholders therefore play a critical role in addressing the challenges of food security, poverty and climate change. Africa’s smallholder farmers face many challenges preventing them from scaling up their participation in markets, including insecure rights to land and natural resources, lack of access to quality inputs and financial services, inadequate support from research and extension services, and high transaction costs caused by poor rural infrastructure. Smallholders have little say in policy decisions that impact on their lives, or in the design of research agendas. In addition, domestic and international markets for agricultural produce are changing rapidly and dramatically, with smaller producers finding it increasingly hard to participate in these markets. Challenges are even greater for women farmers, who constitute the majority of farmers in Africa. International efforts to support smallholder farmers tend to follow a conventional approach to boosting agricultural productivity, with much of the emphasis on commercialising agriculture using modern inputs and encouraging integration of smallholders into agricultural value chains, particularly those producing for export markets. However, evidence suggests that only a small group of wealthier and better-connected smallholders are currently likely to be able to benefit from opportunities created in this way. For the majority of small-scale farmers, and particularly those that are more marginalised, including women farmers, different forms of support are needed to facilitate their greater participation in markets as a means of increasing food security at the national and household level." - African Smallholder Farmers Group

The horticultural sector in The Gambia can be characterized as small scale subsistence farming, mostly dominated by women operating on a few small demarcated plots of 5-10m2 each.

Production on these plots is entirely manual, from land preparation to irrigation.

The farmers not only have to handle production, but they also have to worry about marketing their produce, sometimes at far away markets. Due to the lack of production diversification, coupled with little to no value addition nor cold storage facilities, the farmers face a lot of post harvest losses.

Separation of concern is important in the agricultural value chain, farmers need to secure markets before commencing production. Traders should take responsibility of getting the produce to the market, while not loosing sight that the farmers need to be given fair prices. With the limited nature of the market for horticultural produce in The Gambia, agro processors are needed for further value addition.

The Heritage Agribusiness Contract Farming Scheme is mainly focused on production diversification, increased earnings among smallholders and creating value through agro-processing.

It is our belief that the only way to be truly self sufficient is to build our own local supply chains that are not susceptible to external shocks.

This can be achieved by consolidating and complementing the efforts of our smallholder farmers.

We understand that the small areas on which smallholders operate can't bring about the financial independence they seek, but farming based on contracts grantees them a steady stream of income which would enable them to be credit worthy. With this, they can attain financial inclusion through, among others, visacas, micro-finance and mobile money alike.

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Farmers Reached

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Projects

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Hard Workers