Creating the chemistry for growth

With Africa accounting for over 65% of non-cultivated arable land at the international level, and the African population growth estimated to double to reach 2.4 billion by 2050, we are well-aware of the continent’s opportunities and challenges.

At SOLEVO, we share the belief that agricultural self-sufficiency and local industry stimulation is the key to Africa’s development. We are committed to be part of the continent’s transformation dynamic and to contribute to the UN Millennium Development goals.

To this end, we focus on offering efficient, quality and sustainable agricultural and industrial solutions for our clients where they operate, whether it is to ensure stable productions, to improve yields, to support industrial development in mining and modern manufacturing or to secure access to clean water.

Supporting African industries and agriculture

Our commercial and development teams are constantly developing innovative solutions to respond to the specific needs of African farmers and industries. It enables us to be able to rapidly adapt to change.

We develop and offer quality solutions that are efficient and convenient, while making sure that we limit exposure to toxic substances and reduce environmental impact.

Our Agricultural solutions are well adapted both to African small-holder farmers, and larger plantations. We developed a range of specific solutions for Cocoa, Coffee, Palm tree, Cashew tree, Pinapple, Coconu, Cotton… In addition, we also work on elaborating products and services to improve local crops such as Sorghum, Cowpea, Peanuts, Cassava, Yam and Sesame.

A large part of our R&D global activity is dedicated to developing products with a low environmental impact.

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Innovating and supporting farmers

Technical support and agricultural training are key to enable farmers to produce in a sustainable and responsible way, respectful of environment and safer for the consumers.

Farmers have to constantly adapt to instable climate, which requires an important flexibility. They are highly dependent on their equipment, their capacity to implement specific solutions but also the accessibility of farming inputs.

In this context, SOLEVO supports innovation and assists farmers in their daily work. Our assistance includes technical support as well as training in order to help them develop a more sustainable and integrated farming.

With our technical support, we aim at offering a preventive approach to help farmers anticipate and thus limit the pressure of destructive pests and fungal diseases. Our objective is to ensure a targeted and efficient use of agricultural inputs through good agronomic practices, use of right dose and appropriate frequency.

Among our most recent innovations

Selective post-emergence herbicides

The issue

How to respond to the highly damaging Cyperaceae sedges? These weeds are comprised of resistant bulbils, runners, which make it very difficult to weed manually.  After manual weeding, Cyperaceae grow faster and thicker. Accounting for almost 80% of plot work, requiring a lot of time and efforts for a rather limited result.

Our solution

To help farmers protect and increase arable fertile land, we worked on a specific solution formulated to be easy to use for small farmers.

Until then this herbicide was only accessible for very large industrial plantations. We developed a formulation adapted for individual farmers that they can spray in post-emergence to control Cyperaceae sedges. Additionally, when used respecting our recommended quantities and frequencies, this herbicide is safe for the fauna and the flora. The active ingredient used in this formulation has been developed worldwide and is on the positive list of the European Union.

A cotton herbicide post-emergence efficient on every type of weeds!

The issue

Cotton fields are often invaded by damaging and invasive weeds. As a result of climate change, the Ouest African cotton area is facing a decrease of rainfall, which also became very irregular. In this context, manual weeding became a nearly daily activity for farmers and represents an important waste of time and energy.

Our solution

We developed a new post-emergence herbicide, selective for cotton. The SCHIF helps farmers control every type of weeds. Cotton producers from Tarato, in the North of Côte d’Ivoire, tested this new herbicide confirmed its relevance, as an efficient post-emergence herbicide selective of cotton. Following this testing phase, the product was developed in several West-African countries. The solid formulation was also developed in individual packaging for safer and easier use. It is very successful with cotton producers.

Insecticides in solid formulations for a safer and practical use

The issue

How to better tackle resistant pest such as the “Fall Armyworm”: Spodoptera frugiperda or the “American Boll worm” : Helicoverpa armigera, who threaten yields of tomato, corn and cotton crops ?

Our solution

We worked on developing specific insecticides without using any petroleum solvent solvent in order to offer safer products in solid formulations. As a result of our research, we developed 3 solid insecticide formulations which are as efficient as usual insecticides, and do not belong to the same chemical family to reduce the risk of pest resistance. As they are more specific in targeting pests, the impact on the rest of the beneficial insect and the rest of the fauna is reduced.