Although sesame is usually grown in Asian and Latin American countries, Africa accounts for about a third of the global sesame production and contributes about 70% to the global trade, a share that continues to grow.

We are based in all of the big sesame-producing areas where we buy seeds from small-scale and large-scale farmers, cooperatives and collectors. Our network ensures we are the most cost-effective and quality buyer, communicating directly with farmers to ensure good quality output.

Through our experience in sustainabiity programme management, and by establishing strategic partnership between stakeholders such as government agencies, NGOs, and the wider farming community, we help facilitate the flow of information, knowledge and technology to improve yields, quality and incomes.

We have procurement offices across Africa and in India. In addition, we also have representatives and agents in other origins including Ethiopia.

In most of the locations where we operate, sesame seeds are harvested manually and separated from their husks using traditional methods. Seeds produced this way can contain impurities, so we have set up primary cleaning centres.

This investment allows us to assure our buyers that they are guaranteed clean sesame for use in their applications. For applications that require a hulled or edible grade sesame, we have processing plants in the sesame-growing countries. The product from these factilities are ready to be used as ingredients in kitchens and bakeries.

We have also established product testing programmes in-house. We have an Aflatoxin testing facility in Africa, which is rare in the industry and offers further assurance to our customers through our rigorous safety and quality protocols.

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“Between our sourcing and processing capabilities, along with a deep knowledge of our customer requirements, we are able to offer the most suitable sesame seeds for each customer’s specific use.”

Sanjeev Sharma
Senior Vice President, Sesame

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