The Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund was initiated by KfW on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Corporation and Development (BMZ). The BMZ is responsible for formulating the principles and strategies of German development policy. These then form the basis of the cooperation projects and programmes developed together with partner countries and international organizations. The development cooperation is focused on sustainable economic and rural development, education, health, good governance and climate protection. The guiding principle in all efforts is the protection of human rights.


KfW Bankengruppe, founded in 1948, provides positive impulses for economic and social development and for environmental protection worldwide. Internationally, it acts as the German Federal Government’s Development Bank and is also providing commercial project and export finance. The shareholders of KfW are the German Federal Government and the federal states. KfW has been active in development finance for more than four decades and supports more than 2.500 development programmes and projects in more than 100 countries, promoting social and economic development worldwide. It can therefore offer its development partners not only financial assistance but also the required expertise to successfully achieve development impacts.

Investor and Investment Manager

DWS a leading asset manager with € 880 billion in assets under management as at September 30, 2021. DWS is headquartered in Germany but the ~3,500 employees operate globally, providing a range of traditional and alternative investment capabilities to clients worldwide. DWS serves a diverse client base of retail and institutional investors worldwide, with a strong presence in its home market in Germany. These clients include large institutions to governments, corporations and foundations as well as millions of individual investors. As a regulated asset manager, DWS acts as a fiduciary for its clients and is conscious of our societal impact. Responsible Investing has therefore long been a key part of its heritage.

Compliance Advisor International Labour Organization

The ILO is a specialized United Nations agency that is responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. It is the only 'tripartite' United Nations agency that brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programmes promoting Decent Work for all. This unique arrangement gives the ILO an edge in incorporating 'real world' knowledge about employment and work. Using such knowledge and partnering with reputable environmental impact assessors, ILO is well equipped to build methodologies for appraising the compliance of AATIF's investments with international social & environmental standards.

Common Fund for Commodities

The Common Fund for Commodities is an Intergovernmental Development Finance Institution established under the auspices of the United Nations to promote social and economic development through international cooperation between producers and consumers of commodities. The CFC pays particular attention to problems which developing countries are experiencing due to their dependency on primary commodities. CFC finances practical measures which focus on mitigating the adverse impact of excessive price volatility, securing equitable benefits from production and trade of commodities, improving the functioning of the global commodity markets, as well as on any other development issues in commodity dependent developing countries. The Fund works with entire commodity value chains to unlock the full development potential of the commodity sector.