In Zambia, Amatheon manages a strong portfolio of farming, trading and food processing activities. To date, the Amatheon Group has invested more than US$50 MIllion in Zambia and is integrating its activities along the agricultural value chain.
Amatheon Agri Zambia Ltd (AAZ) is a subsidiary of Amatheon Agri Holding N.V. and began farming operations in Mumbwa District in 2012. Since inception, the company has successfully developed over 3,000 hectares of land for rain-fed and irrigated cropping activities and employees over 200 people on a permanent basis. In Zambia, Amatheon has proven its large-scale farming abilities with strong yields in maize, wheat and soya, and is constantly trialing new crops and varieties. By the end of 2015, two new dams had been constructed which significantly expand Amatheon’s irrigation capacities.
Amatheon has developed a comprehensive Outgrower Programme that equips small-scale farmers with the necessary knowledge and access to inputs, credit, and a market to expand their businesses. Amatheon provides free training to surrounding farmers to help them improve their production, marketing, and financial literacy. In addition, Amatheon has established 40 rural depots for farmers to purchase high-quality inputs such as seeds and fertilizers, as well as a place for them to sell their produce to Amatheon. In 2015, Amatheon injected US$500.000 into the local economy through smallholder crop purchases. The programme supports 5,000 small-scale farmers and is run in partnership with MUSIKA, Conservation Farming Unit and World Vision.