amatheon

FARMING

Farming

Amatheon Farming is comprised of two components: large-scale irrigated and rain-fed farming operations, and trading partnerships with smallscale farmers. Currently, these activities are active in Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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ZAMBIA
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UGANDA
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Large-scale irrigated and rain-fed farming

Amatheon’s large-scale farming operations are characterized by strong yields, high efficiency, state-of-the-art technology in cultivating, planting, cropping and harvesting equipment, as well as post-harvest storage and handling facilities. Major crops are maize, soya beans, rice and groundnuts, and all activities are undertaken by a committed team of managers and trained operators. Before commencing operations, we undertake in-depth Social and Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Monitoring Plans, and develop close ties with the surrounding communities. We are committed to responsible investment in agriculture and follow the IFC Performance Standards, UN Principles for Responsible Investment in Farmland and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. In 2015, Amatheon Agri was accepted as a member of the UN Global Compact and is guided by its ten principles.

Outgrower Programme

Amatheon has developed a comprehensive Outgrower Programme that equips small-scale farmers with the necessary knowledge and access to high-value inputs, credit, and a market to expand their businesses and risk mitigation strategies. Amatheon’s current Outgrower Programme in Zambia provides free trainings in the cultivation, handling and harvesting of high-value crops. Due to the rising global demand for organic products, an incremental number of Amatheon’s Outgrowers are trained and officially certified as Organic Growers. Following a contract-farming approach, Amatheon guarantees the off-take of the harvested crops to ensure the sustainability of this Programme.  At the same time, Amatheon uses its newly established certified processing and storage facilities to provide high-quality products ready for export.