Group

A top agro-industrial operator: a unique fully integrated operator

Established in 1988 by Abbas Jaber, and originally specialized in foodstuffs trading, Jaber’s Negoce is renamed ADVENS Group in 2003.

Over the years, the company gained unique specific skills, notably in logistics and agriculture and quickly became a leader in cotton industry in Africa.

This strategic sector is, for millions of people in numerous countries of Western and Central Africa, synonymous with food security, stability and rural and economic development.

Subsidiary of the ADVENS Group, GEOCOTON (former CFDT/ DAGRIS) is a major player of cotton and food production in some fifteen (15) countries of Africa.

Its proven and unique approach enables the rural economic emergence, in particular through trainings in better cultivation practices provided to cotton growers, the provision of inputs on credit, the guarantee of purchasing the production before sowing, the local processing into fibers, oils and animal feed, the quality control, the logistics, …

This sustainable and local approach precisely meets the current and the future challenges that Africa is facing.

“ The world’s future is at stake in Africa”

THE GEOCOTON FOUNDATION 

The Geocoton Foundation supports the development of agricultural crops in Africa through training and support for farmers, but also by helping to improve local infrastructure.

Our ambition:
assert Africa’s position

Today, the ADVENS Group operates in 15 countries of Africa.

Its sustainable and responsible model contributes to the income of millions of farmers and their families across the continent.

The success of GEOCOTON is founded on the balanced partnership implemented with cotton growers and States  in the strictest observance of Human rights and natural resources.

www.fondationgeocoton.org

Agriculture,
a pillar of development

At a time when the redistribution of global economic stakes is ongoing, the ADVENS Group argue for Africa to take advantage of this opportunity to assert its place in the world.

The Group is thus able to accompany Sates, international institutions, investors by devising turnkey projects or by operating as technical support in agronomy, industry, finance, logistics, insurance…

The ADVENS Group is a driving partner. Our wish is o sustainably assist Africa in its emergence.

The Group in a few dates

1988

Establishment of the Jaber’s Negoce company that will become the ADVENS Group in 2003. It’s activity: the export of agro commodities raw materials to Africa (sugar, flour, oilseeds; wheat, rice,…)

1998

The monthly magazine “lExpension”, ranks Jabr’s Negoce as the greatest success story of the decade*. The company ranks 3rd among 177 000 companies for its contributuion to economic development. Strenghtened of this solid foundations, the Group ADVENS in 2004 figures among the frnehc leaders of agricultural food exporter to Africa.
* 4th trophy of the decade Bains & company, HEC-l’Expension-SCRL Group.

2005

Acquisition of SONACOS, one of the biggest Senegalese industry specialized in both crushing and refining of peanut and edible oils.

2007

Takeover of Transrail PLC, concessionary company of the railway Dakar / Bamako with States agreement and the approval of the Workd Bank and the AFD (French Development Agency). The poor condition of the line burdens the development of the Dakar harbor and Mali’s.

2008

After a public tender, the DAGRIS (former CFDT, founded in 1949 to develop cotton in Africa – presently Geocoton) company is repurchased from the French State. This acquisition is part of the logical flow of SONACOS since cotton and peanut are cultivitated by the same farmers. It states the willingness of the Group to focus its strategy on the development of the cotton sector in Africa.

2015

Disengagement of the ADVENS Group from SONACOS and TRANSRAIL in Senegal. Refocusing on the cotton sector.

Abbas JABER

The founding President and CEO

“I was born in Dakar, Senegal, in 1958 into a Lebanese family settled in Thiès  since the beginning of the century; I also have the French nationality. I belong to 3 continents, I’m proud and I claim my 3 cultures.

At the beginning of the 80’s, after my studies in economic sciences at the University of Dakar, I left Senegal and settled in France.

I get myself initiated to international trading in the field and working closely with high ranking mentors until I laid the foundations of the current ADVENS Group in 1988.

I always knew that agriculture will regain its key role in Africa’s development. To this end, The ADVENS Group introduced a new fully integrated model, covering all production phases: permanent contacts with the producers, implementation of agricultural inputs, processing and commercialization”

Governance

“Rigor, equity and know-how, these are the three pillars on which the ADVENS Group bases its sustainable development and its partnerships.“

Karim AIT TALB

Development director of the ADVENS Group and subsidiaries relationships

Rachida BOUKHARAZ

Executive Director of COPACO
Trading Director of ADVENS

Jean-Jacques CHATEAU

Advisor to President

Jean-François COUASNARD

General director of SOSEA
Director of GEOCOTON’s operations

Laurent COURT

Director of Management control of the ADVENS Group and of its subsidiaries

Valérie DAUMESNIL-MURET

Director of Human resources of the ADVENS Group

Jérome DEVOT

Secretary General of the ADVENS Group

Alain ETCHEBERRY

Chief executive of ADVENs

Mazen JABER

Commercial Director at ADVENS

Christophe PELLERIN LEFEBVRE

ADVENS Group Finance and accounting Director

Anthony SOWAN

ADVENS Group Risks and Purchasing Director

Key figures

219  million

euros of consolidated turnover in 2017

Industrial presence across

15  countries

Connected with

25  millions

agricol producers

2700 

collaborators

135 

industrial references

(ginning factories and oil mills)

Organization & Subsidiaries companies

The ADVENS GROUP is structured in 5 independent and complementary sectors

Agro industry

SODECOTON
SODEFITEX
SOCOMA
SN CITEC
NIOTO
GEOCOTON
CMDT


Energy

REA (Réseaux et énergies d’Afrique)
URBASOLAR AFRIQUE

Engineering
& Supplies

GEOCOTON
DAI (Bureau d’études Advens)
SOSEA
PAI
PODIA

Logistics
& Services

SOSEA


Trading

GROUPE ADVENS
COPACO

Our locations

Be the major’s partner of Africa

The ADVENS Group mainly operates in French-speaking Africa (Western and Central Africa).

  • Groupe ADVENS

    53 avenue Victor Hugo
    75116 PARIS
    FRANCE

    www.advens-groupe.com

  • SOSEA

    13 Rue de la Perdrix,
    93290 Tremblay-en-France
    France

    sosea@sosea.net

    www.sosea.net

  • DIA (Bureau d'études ADVENS) - Département Agro-Industriel

    53 avenue Victor Hugo
    75116 Paris
    France

    www.advens-groupe.com

  • COPACO

    53 avenue Victor Hugo
    75116 Paris
    France

    www.advens-groupe.com

  • URBASOLAR AFRICA

    75 allée Wilhelm Roentgen
    CS 40935
    34 961 MONTPELLIER
    France

    www.urbasolar.com

  • PAI (Produits et Accessoires Industriels)

    Route du Hoc
    76700 Gonfreville-l'Orcher
    France

    www.pai-france.fr

  • GEOCOTON

    53 avenue Victor Hugo
    75116 Paris
    France

  • PODIA

    Bâtiment les sitelles-Hall B13
    rue de la perdrix
    CS 60047
    95926
    Roissy Charles de Gaulle cedex
    France

    www.podia.fr

  • SOCOMA

    01 BP
    2084 Ouagadougou 01
    Burkina Faso

    dg@socoma.net

    www.socoma.net

  • SN CITEC

    BP 1300
    Bobo Dioulasso
    Burkina Faso

    sncitec@sncitec.bf

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  • REA (Réseaux et énergies d'Afrique)

    Ex secteur 28
    avenue Tang-Sooba
    Lot 14
    Section SO s/C 11BHP 990
    Ouagadougou 11
    Burkina Faso

  • GC MALI

    Immeuble SODIS
    Niaréla
    Rue 422
    Porte F288
    Bamako
    République du Mali

  • CMDT

    100, Avenue de la MARNE Bozola 
    B.P. : 487
    Bamako
    République du Mali

    www.cmdt-mali.net