Story of the Novalliance group

The story of the group began in 1996, with the creation of Semagri, a farming company in Cameroon. Since then, Novalliance has been working alongside producers to support them and to provide access to quality vegetable seeds.

1996 – 2001: a family history

Ronan Gorin, the actual CEO of the Group, has, since he was young, been sensitized to the love of agriculture and land by following the example of his grandparents, peasants in Brittany. Born in a small village in Central African republic, and raised in France, he has always been attached to Africa.

In 1996, just after his diploma of agricultural engineer, he decided to create his first company, Semagri in Cameroon. From there he decided to open, himself, several other companies in Africa to live intensively his life of entrepreneur.

 

1996 creation of Semagri, Cameroon
1998 creation of Agritropic, Nigeria

2001: the birth of a Group

The Novalliance group was really born in 2001 when Ronan Gorin, who was an employee of Technisem decided to quit in order to create a new company named Caraïbe Semences in Guadeloupe where he moved with his family.

From 2005, the Novalliance group starts to be in touch with Technisem for a potential takeover which was achieved in 2009. Thereafter, Ronan Gorin re-purchased the first companies created by his father, Mr Émile Gorin, in West Africa. In the same time, the Group grows fast and open new companies in West Africa, Central Africa, Latin America, Maghreb countries, Middle East and Caribbean area.

Finally, it would be necessary to wait until 2015 in order to formally introduce the name “Novalliance”.

 

2001 creation of Caraïbe Semences, Guadeloupe
creation of Madisem, Martinique
2004 creation of Guyasem, Guyana
creation of Agrinova, USA
2006 Semaroc, Morocco
Savana, Kenya
2007 Sahelia Sem, Niger
Carib Seed, Sainte Lucie
2009 Agrisem, DRC
2007
2009
Purchase of Technisem, company created in 1985 by Mr. Emile Gorin, father of Ronan Gorin.
Relocation of the Technisem operations, Maine-et-Loire (Longué-Jumelles)

 

From 2010, the group accelerated its growth

2010 – 2011: Ronan Gorin purchased several companies created by members of his family in the 1990s.

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TropicasemSenegal, created en 1985
NankosemBurkina Faso, created in 1992
Mali SemencesMali, created in 1997
Bénin SemencesBenin, created in 1999
SemivoireIvory Coast, created in 1999
AgriseedGhana, created in 2004 


In 2010, the Group continued to grow and build up its workforce, to keep pace with increased investments in the area of Research and with the expansion of its distribution network.

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2010 Cabo Sementes, Cape Verde
Togosem, Togo
2011 Congosem, Congo
Rim Agri, Mauritania
Semidom, Dominican Republic
2012 Seedtech, Sudan
Mozasem, Mozambique
MaoMBé, Mayotte
Armor Genetic, France
2013 Nabat El Djazaïr, Algeria
2014 SeedLab, France
Nova Genetic, France
AgroventureFrance
2015 Agrivision Sénégal, Senegal
Agrivision Cameroun, Cameroon
Agrivision Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso
Agrivision Maghreb, Maghreb
2016 Agrigab, Gabon
Panasem, Panama
Agrivision, Ghana
2017 Carib Sem, Dominica