At first glance, there might seem to be little in common between the humble cassava plant and the high-stakes world of commodities trading, but the founders of a new venture in Gambia beg to differ.

Aspuna Group, founded by a trio of former Executive MBA students at Cambridge Judge Business School, recently signed an agreement with Gambia’s Ministry of Agriculture to organise cassava farmers into cooperatives and develop a crop multiplication centre – based on the founders’ knowledge of commodities trading from their previous careers in the UK and Germany.

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