The Lucsom Model



Pelleting and commercialising fodder trees has never been done before on a meaningful scale in Africa. Lucsom’s model is carried out in partnership with commercial and smallholder farmers to grow and distribute seedlings, and sustainably grow and harvest biomass from fodder trees. This biomass gets pelleted along with macro and micro nutrients to produce a balanced feed for the dairy, meat and poultry market. The benefits of the Lucom model are far reaching as the end product offers an affordable source of feed for livestock that can be stored in times of need or sold for profit, improves milk and meat production, is a sustainable model for job creation and has a positive impact on the natural environment.

The Lucsom Model Infographic


A fodder tree is any tree that produces foliage or fruit which can be consumed by livestock. Lucsom is working mainly with leguminous fodder trees, such as Tagasaste, Leucaena, Gliricidia, Desmanthus and some species of Acacia for several reasons:


  • The foliage is high in protein
  • Deep tap root systems mean they’re well suited to drought prone areas
  • They adapt well to poor soil and improve the soil through nitrogen fixing capabilities.
  • Prevent soil erosion
  • They are relatively fast growing.
  • Can be used as wind breaks.
  • Source of firewood when old tree plantations need replacing.
  • Relatively low input costs compared with annual or biannual crops.
  • The Flowers can provide valuable fodder for bee keeping.


  • Processing makes pelleted feeds more easily digestible
  • Pellets provide a balanced diet and prevents livestock from picking and choosing parts of the tree for consumption
  • Pellets minimize waste during feeding
  • Tests have shown that most animals, if given the choice between the same feed in pellet or mash form, prefer pellets.
  • Fodder tree pellets have the same performance-enhancing benefits as higher-priced products such as concentrates.
Farming in Africa is a complex task and Lucsom sees a multi-layered and innovative solution.

The commercialisation of fodder trees for pellet production presents a lucrative market opportunity for investors and is a powerful way to break the cycle of poverty and famine in Africa. But we need your help. Government and non-government organisations, aid funders, donors and investors are invited to get in touch to find out more about our work and how we can make a difference together.