Investment Philosophy

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Golden Mean understands that the tasks of economic and social development are too complex for any single stakeholder to achieve alone, particularly in regions with fragmented markets. Success requires intensive engagement with investees, co-investors, development partners, community leaders and other local stakeholders. Golden Mean utilizes a “buy & build” approach to systemically invest in the African agri-business ecosystem.

Our strategy is designed to unify participants in fragmented economies while leveraging the powerful initiatives and resources of donors at work in the region. This approach carries the potential to mitigate investment risk while producing economic and social returns for all stakeholders. We diversify our portfolio beyond primary production by taking a systemic approach and investing along an entire value chain – from input suppliers and processing to logistics, warehousing and marketing. Golden Mean’s strategy provides the framework to “level the playing field” for dynamic entrepreneurs and initiate a virtuous cycle wherein benefits give rise to new opportunities for investors, donors and rural communities.