Zimbabwe - Amatheon Agri - 2

Democratic Republic of Congo


On 5 December 2022, Amatheon Agri Holding NV signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, through the Ministry of Agriculture, with the aim of developing a number of value-added agricultural sectors.

Six sectors have been selected for short and medium term development: maize, soya, cotton, rice, palm oil and cocoa, each ultimately covering around 20,000 hectares when the project is fully operational. There is also 2,000 hectares of spices envisioned.

The Public-Private Partnership will be based on two production approaches: the community approach and the management approach. In the community approach, crops will be grown with local communities, while in the management approach, production will be carried out on Amatheon Agri’s own blocks, where crops are grown intensively in the target areas.

Various locations around the country have been preselected for operations. Phase One will focus on developing 7,000 hectares of commercial maize farming and 6,000 hectares of community maize farming, alongside 4,000 hectares of commercial soya farming and 2,000 hectares of community soya farming.

The ultimate aim of this programme is to develop promising sectors to meet the needs of the local market, contribute to improving the living conditions of local communities and strengthen the balance of payments. Government support and existing infrastructure are vital for the success of all activities.