Morocco-based agritech Sand-to-Green has raised a $1 million Seed funding round from Norwegian Katapult and pre-Seed fund Catalyst.
Founded in 2021 by Benjamin Rombaut, Sand to Green provides a long-term solution to the problems of desertification, land degradation, and food security.
According to Benjamin Rombaut, CEO of Sand to Green, the goal of this funding is to reaffirm Sand to Green’s operational and execution skills while preparing for the next stage, which is the deployment of hundreds of hectares of plantations in dry zones.
This $1 million seed funding also signals the participation of different Business Angels and two VC funds, specifically the Norwegian Katapult and the pre-seed fund Catalyst, into the Sand to Green capital.
The two funds intend to expedite Sand to Green’s operational development in order to prepare for the large-scale deployment of its Moroccan and African projects.
To achieve this, he says, “we must intensify the work of acculturation to this cause, which has many advantages: growing in the desert captures carbon, fertilises the soil, creates habitats for biodiversity, fights against deforestation, stabilises local communities, everything by being one of the only large-scale ecological options to meet the immense food challenges that lie ahead.”
The plan put forth by Sand to Green, in the opinion of Maxime Bayen, Head of Venture Building and Lead Venture Partner at Catalyst Fund, is not only ambitious but also highly innovative in its agricultural and technological approach.
“We are confident that this kind of solution can help Morocco and Africa make a genuine shift to large-scale, sustainable, healthy, and sober agriculture. Catalyst Fund’s goal is to fund and support innovative entrepreneurs in Africa that are working to adapt to climate change,” he states.