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WHO WE ARE

BDA-USA is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. BDA stands for Biotechnology for Sustainable Development in Africa. We are building and growing Africa's botanical and agricultural supply chain. We're growing plants, growing people, and growing economies.

OUR MISSION

The Mission of BDA-USA is to impact sustainable development in Africa by moving from artisanal farming to professional agriculture. We train and certify BDA Ecopreneurs who become 21st century ‘pharmers’ operating in the formal economy, creating jobs, producing and transforming Africa’s emerging botanicals industry in accordance with international standards for production, processing, quality control, and exportation.

OUR VISION

The Vision of BDA-USA is to not only grow Africa’s botanical supply chain but to guide and support ecopreneurs through the entire process using BDA’s innovative Business Ecosystem and the Program Support Unit.

The 6-month Plant Action™ Training Program is designed to provide ecopreneurs to gain competencies in professional agriculture, business management, access to infrastructure, access to markets, and access to start-up financing. BDA is expanding throughout the African continent through a network of BDA National entities. These entities train, equip, certify, and provide the necessary professional and business support for BDA Ecopreneurs in professional agri-business with environmental and sustainable development best practices. Our ongoing support helps ecopreneurs succeed in Africa’s emerging agricultural and botanicals industry.

 

OUR IMPACT

BDA’s pioneering approach is helping to shift Africa’s agriculture from small peasant farms with products sold at local markets to professional bio-pharm enterprises run by educated agriculturists participating in building the global botanical supply chain.

BDA's Impact Includes:

  • Reducing poverty through the creation of independently owned SMEs (small/medium enterprises) operating in the new botanical supply chain

  • Facilitating women entrepreuneuship and business ownership

  • Diversifying rural economies

  • Launching SMEs and creating jobs

  • Increasing local African production of pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmetic ingredients

  • Boosting local R&D and partnerships

  • Valorization of local untapped biodiversity as an exceptional opportunity for local sustainable economic development

  • Promoting traditional knowledge

  • Producing ITM (Improved Traditional Medicines)

  • Improving the trade balance of African countries through growth of exports

  • Introducing semi-industrialization of the African botanicals industry

  • Serving as a catalyst for economic development throughout rural African communities

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Growing Plants

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Growing People

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Growing Economies

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

BDA is transforming Africa’s artisanal farmers into a professional, educated agriculturists and formal SMEs mastering complex business transactions, but we need your support!

 

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