A regenerative agriculture model that works to produce sustainable food without interfering with natural resources and preserving wildlife habitat.

About Nzatu Food Group

NZATU is a regenerative agriculture model that works to produce sustainable food without interfering with natural resources and preserving wildlife habitat.

We focus on training and supporting capabilities of small scale and medium-size business that are involved in honey and coffee bean production.

Nzatu Visionaries

Gwen having grown up in Zambia moved to the United States over 20 years ago and has spent her entire career spanning over 30 years, on global food security, and communitiy development initiatives. Her network across sub-sahara africa is unique and spans the continent.

Denise lives between South Africa and Zambia and over the last years has developed an expertise as an apiary manager and trainer.

Nzatu was created in Zambia under the vision of the two sisters who believe that regenerative agriculture can be a nature-based solution that we must adopt to create value in Africa, for Africa.



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Andrea Chiesi

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Ameenah G. Fakim

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What does NZATU do?

 Market Problem
• Food Security
• Crop Diversification
• Climate Change Resilience
• ESG impact
• Women and Youth Inclusion

Nzatu’s Solutions
• Implementation partner for regenerative agriculture
• Soil science advisory
• Partnership for public and private sector CSR and ESG initiatives
• Produce for domestic and export markets

Dimensions of Regenerative Agriculture

• Silvopasture including integrated livestock/grazing practices
• Agroforestry crop practices such as windbreaks and alley-cropping
• Farmer-managed natural regeneration

Conservation Agriculture
• Crop management such as cover cropping, crop rotation and crop diversification
• Soil management including reduced tillage, soil cover and methods which build organic soil carbon

What’s in it for Farmers?

Our goal is to support farmers along the value chain to help them transition to regenerative practices.

By 2040, through just a 50% adoption of regenerative agriculture across Africa, farmers could see:
• 20% reduction in soil erosion
• Up to a 60% increase in water infiltration rates
• 24% increase in nitrogen content
• 20% increase in carbon content, or higher depending on the
intervention – and not just topsoil (this is huge as soil is the second biggest storehouse of carbon, after oceans).

The benefits are even greater when shrubs and grasses are promoted through agroforestry.

Nzatu’s Support
to Farmers

• Nzatu can guarantee market linkage for honey, coffee and other agroforestry products

• Nzatu provides training to the rural communities in production, processing, harvesting and apiary management

• Wherever economically viable, Nzatu will also provide extension support to the farmers

• When not viable, alternative structures and models will be established to ensure that farmers have the required technical advisory support that they need to increase productivity

Nzatu’s Support
to Communities

• The rural communities and subsistence farmers are the key beneficiaries of this initiative

• This project will create a favorable environment to market produce by establishing collection and processing centers that are linked to markets

• They will train other farmers on beekeeping since some will have been trained as T.O.Ts (Trainers of Trainees)

• This is achieved through a combination of adequate training and easy access to acquiring equipment, extension and advisory support, a guaranteed market for their produce at a mutually acceptable price

Nzatu marketing opportunities

Ethical Investing

• ESG Sustainable Investing

• Climate change resilience

• Women inclusion

• Social impact

• Education programs

• Wildlife & Biodiversity defense

Nzatu Heritage Grains

  • Nzatu believes that there exists a tremendous social impact opportunity to create a push-pull business opportunity for small holder farmers to have a secure stable off-take market through branded products that contain indigenous, neglected, and underutilized crop species (NUCS).
  • Using the same method of re-introduction of the very grains that were once replaced, by creating the export channels that offer the ability to pay farmers in USD prices making it more attractive to grow and trade NUCS.
  • •This can reverse the current staple of maize to Heritage Grains and thus encourage more consumption which will result in reduced malnutrition.”

Where does Nzatu’s Produce come from?

• Currently sourcing produce from most countries in the Miombo woodlands region and beyond

• All produce is responsibly sourced from Nzatu’s network of smallholder farms

• All produce is certified and traceable. Nzatu’s network of strategic partners in biodiversity and agroforestry can ensure that the produce is sourced responsibly

Honey: Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Cameroon, Uganda, Angola, Tanzania, Nigeria, Rwanda

Coffee: Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon, Malawi, Ivory Coast, Angola, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Rwanda

Grains: Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, South Sudan, Egypt

Go-To market

• Through its operational arms, Nzatu has already created a growing member group of thousands of local farmers in 15 countries

• This model has already been implemented in Zambia and has proven to be scaleable

• Nzatu honey will be associated with various locations across countries and labeled with iconic African wildlife areas like Kruger, Okavango, Serengeti, Virunga etc.

• Nzatu Grains, Coffee and Honey will be produced adopting regenerative, organic agricultural practices with pollination of biologically diverse trees and flowers

Grains, Honey and Coffee will be branded and marketed under Nzatu

Raising funds

• NZATU intends to raise funds in the current equity round for a (20%) stake in the project
• Investment proposal (of various sizes) may be for either equity, equity- linked stake or a combination thereof.
• NZATU is scouting partnerships with international food groups and brands, offering three opportunities:
• ESG marketing and communication
• Brand or label a specific NZATU produce
• Produce specific products through NZATU’s network


Procurement Logistics Implementation


Marketing and Communications


Operations and Management

Nzatu’s Honey Specialists

Denise Madiro

Denise Madiro, from Zambia is a trainer and advisor to local communities and farmers, on best practices for beekeeping, and apiary management is recognized across sub-Saharan Africa for her passion and professionalism gained through her entrepreneurial successes and community development initiatives.

Denise advises Nzatu’s farmer networks and biodiversity & conservation partners on apiary management, harvest training, field operations and quality control.

Nzatu’s Coffee Specialists

Aqua E Polveri

We are italian coffee specialists, selectors and roasters with many years of international experience, which has allowed us to establish an ethical and excellent artisanal coffee supply chain.

Andrea Lattuada

Coffee expert, trainer and owner of coffee brands, is internationally recognized for his professionalism gained through many years of experience in Europe, Asia and America. Andrea will lead Nzatu’s network on training, field operations and quality control in line with major international coffee brands.

His expertise and passion for coffee led him, and the Aqua e Polveri team, to meet Nzatu to develop a new line of specialty coffees and gourmet blends that combine quality and sustainability, in line with the requirements of major international coffee brands.

Alessandro Rizzi

Roasts coffee of the highest level, true to the Italian tradition, yet greatly influenced by speciality coffees.

Rizzi is a coffee specialist, grader and roaster with many years of international experience, curating a supply chain of excellence in the world of artisan coffee.

Alessio Baschieri

Alessio Baschieri is an expert in supply chain and quality control, from picking cherries up to the roaster.

Alessio has long practical experience in almost all the coffee producing countries in the world. In his quarter-century experience, he has played a key role in the implementation of almost all ethical and environmental certifications as well as the Specialty Coffees supply chain networks.

A passionate geographer and anthropologist, he loves working with tribal groups in primary forests

Founding Team

Denise Madiro

An entreprenuer with enterprise development experience within the Southern African region, in particular Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Focuses on the capacity development to enhance skills of small and medium enterprises.

Gwen Jones

Over 25 years of global entrepreneurial experience.
Advisory board member of the World Food Bank, and Resolve NGO.
Namwala Ila Tribal Council member, collaborates with Tribal Chief to sustain social and cultural heritage.

Michele Sofisti

Founder and President of SOFOS Management.
International expertise in strategic consulting for the entertainment, food, automobile, fashion, outdoor industries. Including marketing, branding, business development, management and distribution.

Prithvi Naik

Climate economist, with expertise in plastics and chemicals in a circular economy, sustainability and climate policy.
Experienced in the petrochemicals industry and related global associations and non-profit industry.

Andrea Chiesi

Head of Special Projects, Chiesi Pharmaceuticals.
Chairman of the board of Confindustria, Emilia Romagna.

Advisors to the Board

Ameenah G. Fakim

Biodiversity scientist, entrepreneur, author and 6th President, Republic of Mauritius. Founding Member of the Pan African Association of African Medicinal Plants. Awarded L’Oreal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science. 2016 Forbes List of 100 “Most Powerful Women in the World”. 1st of Forbes Top 100 Women in Africa 2017, 2019.


Chief Conservation Scientist & Executive Director at the Centre for Wildlife Studies.
Rolex Laureate, National Geographic Explorer.

Terry D. Garcia

President, Exploration Ventures.
Ex-Chief Science and Exploration Officer, National Geographic Society.
Ex-deputy Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Giuseppe Mistretta

Director for Sub-Saharan Africa at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Deputy Director-General for Global Affairs.

Gloria B. Herndon

Author and accomplished musician. Founder, Small Business Administration’s (SBA) program.
Ex-member, Council on Foreign Relations at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Active on the Smithsonian, National HeadStart Ass., NAFEO, and US Angola Chamber of Commerce.


Founder, Canislupus Italia (CLI). Italian Pronatura Federation.

Operational Team

Coffee Specialists – Commercial – Marketing

Denise Madiro
Chief Operating
Gwen Jones
Chief Partnerships Officer
Andrea Pietro Camazzola
Sauro Dall’Aglio
Michele Sofisti
Chief Executive

Prithvi Naik

Chief Sustainability Officer
Director of Sales
Francesco Parolin
Sade Metz
Sales and Distribution - Americas -


Conservation & Global Organizations

Soil Science

Coffee Partners

For more information, you can contact the following addresses. Thank you

Nzatu Europe SA

Chemin du Pontet 2, 2013 Colombier, Switzerland

Nzatu Food Group (Pty) LTD | South Africa 

25 Umthunzi Valley, Walton Road, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nzatu Food Group | Zambia

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