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Summit of Africa was founded with the aim of bringing the African Organic Market to the Global Platform.

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Summit of Africa was founded with the aim of bringing the African Organic Market to the Global Platform.

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OUR STORY

We partner with Rural farming Organizations and communities to ensure that these communities and their families can receive better prices, scientific input on their agricultural farming methods and a fairer deal on their harvests.

By doing so we believe that we invest in their future and their children’s future and help farming organizations increase their profit margins.

We believe that these Organizations and Agricultural communities have a high standard of produce to enhance and upgrade global produce market.

We are currently involved with Uganda, Malawi, Kenya, Congo, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa farming communities providing the following organic farming produce.

  • Fruit: Pineapples, Citrus, Figs, Apples, Watermelon and Bananas
  • Vegetables: Chilies, Potatoes and Rice
  • Others: Honey, Bee Wax, Bee Venom, Cashew Nuts and Pulses

Summit of Africa in-conjunction with our various partnerships ensures the best quality organic fruit, vegetables and honey is produced for global consumption.

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Partner Criteria?

We partner with several farming Organizations that use the following Organic farming methods

  • No agrichemicals, No Chemical Fertilizers, No Radioactive material
  • No animal-based feed or inorganic pesticide.
  • biodiversity to be important. By avoiding the use of pesticide chemicals, we are trying to preserve the environment. 
  • True Breeding Seeds which produce foods nurtured by the area’s unique natural features and climate.
  • In terms of Honey, no unnatural sugars.
  • No additive farming policy which is free from chemicals or residual agents in all its products, it must be Organic and natural.
  • Adherence to FAO and European Directive food safety standards and CODEX ALIMENTARIUS international food standards to ensure that our Honey and Fruit are safe for human consumption as well as other uses such for use in as pharmaceutical and beauty products.
  • Our Farming criteria ensures protection of human - life, animal – life and plant- life and the health of the ecosystem through sustainable production practices over time.
  • Farming Organisations needing help

OUR CORE VALUES

Core values determines the priorities of our company. Core values are what fuels our vision and shapes our company culture. The following values are the essence of Summit of Africa identity – principles, beliefs and philosophies and helps us with our decision-making processes.

• Integrity

• Accountability

• Honesty

• Commitment to Customers

• Trust

• Passion

SUMMIT OF AFRICA ORGANIC BASKET

Organic Rice

Rice is a cereal and it is grown mostly in wetlands. I the past few years, it has become a popular food in the country and s preferred by most since it is easy to prepare. Locally known as Omuchelle it is production in Uganda begun in 1942 for the World War two soldiers. It is farmed in Uganda by farmers country wide most especially in Eastern Uganda due to its lowland nature and wetlands and the estimated production is 165,000 metric tons or more. Here are two type of rice that is manly grown in Uganda and these include the following:
The lowland rice
It is also known as the paddy rice and it is the most grown rice in Uganda. It requires wetlands to grow well and the types grown in lowland rice are K85 and K6.
The upland rice
This is grown in areas that do not actually have swamps and an example of upland rice s NERICA 1, 4 and 10. It is mostly grown in Western Uganda. We will have Organic Rice available in January 2020.

Organic Rice

Citrus

Commercial production of citrus in Uganda started as early as the 1960s, with the introduction of various improved varieties planted on Government schemes at Kiige, Ongino, Odina and Labori in eastern Uganda (Uganda Investment Authority, 2009). For over a decade, the schemes operated successfully, supplying fresh fruits to domestic and regional markets, till they declined due to ineffective management, caused by insurgency. Commercial production of citrus only began picking up again in the 1990s, but under the smallholder system and for the past two decades, citrus has received strategic development and promotional support.
Citrus market challenges have been partly attributed to the sub-optimal performance of the value chain. Generally, the citrus value chain is predominated by small scale producers and traders, with weak linkages to markets.
At Summit of Africa we are able to supply various ranges and tons of Citrus and await strategic Global Buyers.

Citrus

Pineapples

The Pineapple is a tropical and sub-tropical fruit grown in Uganda and famous for the size it grows to. Locally the fruit is known as “Enanansi”. The fruit is trade-able and generates a lot of income for farmers who grow it. In Uganda pineapples are mainly grown south of Lake Kyoga and in western Uganda.
The Golden Uganda Pineapple is known worldwide as the sweetest Pineapple in the World. Pineapples were introduced to Uganda from the Philippines but since then the art of growing pineapples cannot be matched anywhere as it is done in Uganda.
The Uganda Pineapple is one of the country’s best kept secrets and at Summit OF Africa we are looking to export this fantastic and giant size fruit from Uganda to the rest of the world soon within 2020.

Pineapples

Potatoes

There are 27 various and different kinds of potatoes in Uganda. The chosen potatoes are High-quality potatoes, as their seeds are resistant to diseases and have a shorter maturation period. Irish potato in Uganda is a good food security Crop and is grown in the highland areas of South Western Uganda in two districts Kabale and Kisoro. In the two districts Irish potato is both a staple food and main source of income. The two districts produce over 60% of the national crop.
Potatoes should be harvested when they are mature.
However our strategy is that Two to three weeks before harvesting, we will dehaulmed the crop (the stems of the crop removed). This allows the skin of the tubers to harden to minimize bruising during harvesting and subsequent handling and as such we as Summit of Africa are looking to bring these Potatoes to the doorstop of a big Global Potato Retailer as the potato will still be in perfect condition.

Potatoes

Apples

We are able to supply big tonnage of apples as we have several farms that supply us with Apples.
Harvest starts with the first small volumes in December. The peak harvest period is from late January to May. Although the apple picking season ends in late May, the harvested apples are stored safely for weeks in controlled atmosphere conditions, sold locally and exported until November.

Apples

Bananas

Bananas

Chilies

The main variety is the Red Birdseye, but they also supplies others, like the Scotch Bonnet and Habanero, to the fresh market. The main chilli season lasts from December to March-April. The plant is sometimes referred to as hot pepper, and in Uganda we have a general name for it as “Kamulali”.
A number of chilli varieties are grown for fresh consumption and processing today, they include the following;
• Habanero _ these have a light, fruity flavor with a searing heat that builds and builds.
• Scotch Bonnets_ these are irregular wrinkled pods of various shapes sizes and color. It’s one of the most exported chills today.
• Birdseye _ this the second largely grown chill in Uganda, the chills are shot, narrow fruits tapering to blunt point that sits proud on the plant.
• Thai hot _these are very hot chilies, around 2 cm long. They start out green and mature in to bright red.
We at Summit of Africa are able to provide all the above chili variety.

Chilies

Pulses

Pulses

HONEY, BEE WAX & BEE VENOM

Our Honey

Global consumption of Honey is projected in 2024 to exceed 2.8 million tons. In 2019 global production of honey was 1.9 million tonnes. 38% of this supply is currently known as fake honey that contains syrup. Our Honey is a very rare Honey called Kiaat Honey that comes from the forest regions in Zambia. We have the capacity to supply 600 - 900 tons of Honey that is raw, pure and Organic.

We believe in the proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Our Mandate is to Partner with Apiculture (Honey Farmers) Villages to ensure that these communities and their families can receive better prices, scientific input on their beekeeping methods and a fairer deal on their harvests. We also want to ensure that the children can receive a proper education by attending schools and have fresh running water in each village. Currently in Zambia we have over 9000 rural farmers.

Charlotte Lietaer noted in her research article, “when people are aware about the valuable contribution of bees to the life of humans… they will respect bees and try to protect them, their habitat and forage area as much as possible.”

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The keeping of bees – called apiculture – is economically lucrative for a small- to medium-scale farming village involved in integrated farming. Eighty-five percent of Africa lives in a rural setting and 82.3 percent of this population is involved in agriculture. Apiculture is beneficial to the subsistence or smallholder farmers and suitable for the rural poor in Africa, who have high population density and financial incapability to purchase land.

We have signed exclusivity with Honey farming communities in Zambia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique and Uganda due to the world shortage of honey. This Honey is tested and analyzed by Intertek Food science Laboratory in Germany. The price of honey is high, as is international demand: Europeans consume an average of 0.7kg (1.5lb) of honey per year, and the EU is the world’s biggest importer, buying in around 200,000 tonnes, it is also the second biggest producer of honey after China.

What can we provide to the Global Market in terms of Honey?

  • Pure raw filtered honey
  • Raw pressed bees wax
  • Propolis Extract
  • Bee venom Extract

We recognise three basic influences in the honey quality production process, namely;

  • Beehive type and state: Kenya top bar hives are used and with constant maintenance being key to ensuring bees are long term colony residence and have high productivity.
  • Food and water source: Vegetation foraging type and proximity to clean uncontaminated water significantly affects quality and quantity of honey.
  • Honey harvesting: This is strictly done during dry seasons or times of very low humidity or atmospheric moisture and takes place twice a year.

Summit of Africa is able to supply between 600 - 900 tons of honey each year.

Summit of Africa Bee Wax

Beeswax is used in lip balm, lip gloss, hand creams, salves, and moisturizers; and in cosmetics such as eye shadow, blush, and eye liner. Beeswax is also an important ingredient in moustache wax and hair pomades, which make hair look sleek and shiny.

Is Beeswax a bee poop?

Beneath their “bellies,” the young honey bees have four special glands that excrete liquid wax, the way that we humans sweat.

Beeswax holds up the hives; the honeycombs are actually made from the wax secreted by the young honeybees.

The vitamin A in beeswax, along with the antiseptic and healing properties, are good treatments for acne. By softening the skin and helping keep it moisturized without clogging pores, you can reduce acne outbreaks.

Summit of Africa can provide 100 tons of Bee Wax every year.

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Summit of Africa Bee Venom

Bee venom is a colourless, acidic liquid. Bees excrete it through their stingers into a target when they feel threatened. It contains both anti-inflammatory and inflammatory compounds, including enzymes, sugars, minerals, and amino acids.

Bee venom is anaphylactic, so it can temporarily relax your facial muscles (natural botox), break down cell membranes, and improve circulation, which can create a tighter and smoother complexion.

Bee venom is a natural product that has risen in popularity due to its variety of potential health benefits. It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, may benefit skin health, and can possibly help treat symptoms related to various health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain.

If you're a vegan or interested in cruelty-free products, you can rest easy: Bee venom is harvested in humane ways that never hurts the bee. The warm and tingling sensation that this anti-aging mask gives the skin is the bee venom in its formula working to stimulate and increase the body's wrinkle-smoothing collagen and elastin to plump and tighten the skin.

A new anti-wrinkle cream is creating a big buzz in the world of cosmetics - because it's made from bee venom. Cosmetic makers has just launched a new skincare line called Bee Venom, which is clinically proved to halt the damaging effects of the menopause on the face.

Summit of Africa is able to provide 50 kg of Bee Venom each year.

Honey Prices

Info about our Honey:

  • is socially responsible, organic and produced in forests through small - scale farmer social development projects.
  • involves approximatly 9,000 rural families.
  • is produced without any cost to the families.
  • comes from 87,000 producing hives
  • is harvested by trained beekeeping teams on behalf of the participating rural families.
  • renumerates each family for every kilogram of honey produced.
  • is extracted in HACCP – certified farm factories and is Gravity – filtered
  • is packed in 300kg drums with double grade food liners.
  • is sampled and analysed by Intertek in Germany (we provide copies of our sample analysis certificate on request).
  • is exported globally to any destination.

Our Honey in Squeezie Bottles:

We have packaged our honey into three Squeezie Bottles, the 340gram squeezie, the 540 squeezie bottle and the 1.5kg tub. We are also busy with a 30ml glass jar for Hotels, coffee shops and Crew ships.

We can also brand any logo / brand / label onto our squeezie bottles and at an extra price we can provide honey in glass bottles.

Item No.  Packaging Format/ Description Units per Carton Price/Unit (incl. VAT)
SQ340 340g squeeze bottle 24 X 340g R 58.95
SQ540 540g squeeze bottle 24 x 540g R 79.95
TB1500 1500g tub 6 x 1500g R 172.00

Shipping costs (FOB/CIF/CFR) to be established depending on global destination.

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Bulk Honey Prices:

Packed in 300kg drums with double grade food liners. We also provide Bulk Honey in 20Kg, 25Kg and 30Kg Plastic Containers.

Free On Board: $4.90 per KG From Walvis Bay Namibia, Dar-Es-Saleem Tanzania and Pendu Mozambique.

CIF / CFR: $6.00 per KG

HONEY STANDARDS

What are our Quality Assurance & Control Baseline Parameters
  1. Record Management: Farmer details, beehive management & performance monitored seasonally
  2. Product Line Traceability: Farmer registration codes and beehive identifications tags to point of sale
  3. Sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS): Assessments of handling & environmental practices
  4. Defective Production Detection: Routine colony Inspection, disease incidence & farmer appraisal
  5. Product Inspection: Physical & Chemical beehive product attributes and constituent analysis.

THE SUMMIT OF AFRICA TEAM

Matthew Keith Holmes
Matthew Holmes founded Summit of Africa with the goal and purpose to help rural farming communities improve their farming methods and living standards. Matthew is a big believer in the quote that states, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. Matthew obtained a BA Sport science degree at Stellenbosch University and then proceeded to play professional cricket for 6 years. He then entered the Financial Services Industry and obtained his CFP and Specializes in Investment Instruments in local and foreign markets. He has in the last 11 years held several director roles within the industry that has given him the experience and insight to manage and oversee a successful company. Matthew has a passion to help rural farming communities who are currently trying to improve their own businesses and sustain themselves without having access to turnkey solutions. His is strong on relationship building as a business cornerstone model and that Trust is earned.
Matthew Keith Holmes Founder and CEO
Donald Craig Lucas
Donald is responsible for the direction and coordination between Summit of Africa and engaging new farming villages and communities across Africa who are trying to support themselves and lack poor sustainable business models. Donald has owned several businesses that he built up from the ground and his expertise of running effective business enterprise and implementing practical operational strategies from ground zero to management level will ensure Summit of Africa stays ahead of any competitors. He is a massive advocator that trust is earned, and it can only be established through relationship. He is also responsible to improve our organizational processes, productivity and efficiency and to ensure we achieve our growth targets.
Donald Craig LucasHead of Sales
Yolanda Scheepers
Yolanda is responsible for the control the flow of information between Summit of Africa and the public. She heads up our marketing strategies, direct public relations campaigns and will represent us at all media launches and event campaigns. She also oversees all our internal and external communications to ensure our brand is known and engaging. Her insight into Intercultural and multi-linguistic communications and her passion for organic nutrition ensures Summit of Africa Organic offering and brand awareness is marketed globally. She believes in quality over quantity and her non-compromising personality in doing things perfectly and ethically ensures that Summit of Africa Brand strategy is consistent and in line with our Core Values. She believes strongly in creating and cultivating a positive work environment which enables her to direct and divert challenges efficiently and effectively.
Yolanda ScheepersCommunications Director

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