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.
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.
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
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,…)
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.
Acquisition of SONACOS, one of the biggest Senegalese industry specialized in both crushing and refining of peanut and edible oils.
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.
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.
Disengagement of the ADVENS Group from SONACOS and TRANSRAIL in Senegal. Refocusing on the cotton sector.
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”
“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
Executive Director of COPACO
Trading Director of ADVENS
Advisor to President
General director of SOSEA
Director of GEOCOTON’s operations
Director of Management control of the ADVENS Group and of its subsidiaries
Director of Human resources of the ADVENS Group
Secretary General of the ADVENS Group
Chief executive of ADVENs
Commercial Director at ADVENS
Christophe PELLERIN LEFEBVRE
ADVENS Group Finance and accounting Director
ADVENS Group Risks and Purchasing Director
euros of consolidated turnover in 2017
Industrial presence across15 countries
Connected with25 millions
(ginning factories and oil mills)
Organization & Subsidiaries companies
The ADVENS GROUP is structured in 5 independent and complementary sectors
REA (Réseaux et énergies d’Afrique)
DAI (Bureau d’études Advens)
Be the major’s partner of Africa
The ADVENS Group mainly operates in French-speaking Africa (Western and Central Africa).
53 avenue Victor Hugo
DIA (Bureau d'études ADVENS) - Département Agro-Industriel
53 avenue Victor Hugo
53 avenue Victor Hugo
75 allée Wilhelm Roentgen
34 961 MONTPELLIER
PAI (Produits et Accessoires Industriels)
Route du Hoc
Bâtiment les sitelles-Hall B13
rue de la perdrix
Roissy Charles de Gaulle cedex
100, Avenue de la MARNE Bozola
B.P. : 487
République du Mali