Soya Solutions Eastern Africa Limited(SSEAL) is a company focused on developing sustainable, commercial soybean value chain operations in emerging markets in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Soya Solutions Eastern Africa, also known as SSEAL is a social enterprise founded in 2017 by Henry Kizito–Musoke, an accomplished development worker with extensive experience in agricultural development and linkages to U.S. PARTNERS interested in creating lasting impact in the region. His interest in soybeans as a nutrition crop for both human and animal use has been inspired by his close relationship with Iowa State University in the US and has been instrumental in the founding of SSEAL
Its business will feature profitable, large scale soybean seed and processing operations in conjunction with ongoing commercial farmer development programs. SSEAL is an innovative soybean value chain development company with opportunities to invest in seed variety development and processing operations in a part of the world that has attractive natural resources but lacks best-in-class agricultural technology adapted to local conditions, modern farming techniques, appropriate equipment and management expertise.
SSEAL’s main focus and areas of expertise are smallholder farmer development programs, soybean seed production and storage and soybean processing. The SSEAL team brings over 60 years of combined development experience.
Before SSEAL set out on processing soy products, the company realized that there is need to develop out growers for sustainable soybean production. SSEAL then made contact with Mityana farmers cooperative for seed production, Dokolo Farmers’ cooperative and Kigumba soybeans producers and marketing associations for grain production. These three cooperatives had combined membership of over 5,000 farmers producing soybeans on average one acre, and harvesting less than 600kgs per acre per season.
Further discussion revealed that farmers are producing soya without specific markets in minds, and without known price. They have limited access to soya seeds and because of this, they are recycling soybeans, selling part as grain and replanting part as seed. Recycling soya seed for more than 3 years has direct effect on its yield and productivity.
SSEAL then realized that aiding farmers to produce soya grain to required quantity start with access to quality seeds. SSEAL immediately invested part of her capital with Mityana farmers cooperative to produce Maksoy 3N, a high yielding disease resistant and drought resistance soya seeds that would eventually supply northern Uganda with required seed.
To be able to achieve the above, SSEAL established working relationship with Makerere University Soybean Development Program based at Kabanyolo to obtain the best foundation seed for multiplication. SSEAL also established long term partnerships with Soybean Innovation Lab, University of Illinois and SayTech Ghana to develop and commercialize the multi crop thresher and make it available as a viable business for community based service providers as part of soya production strategy.