People

Empowering rural communities through food security, employment and education.

RURAL COMMUNITIES

Equipping farmers with the skills and knowledge needed to improve their lives and the conditions in rural communities is a main priority. Outgrower schemes promote self-reliance by coordinating farmers into cooperatives, giving access to and provide education and training.

High levels of employment are created along the agricultural value chain - from field labourers to skilled machine operators. Transference of skills from expatriate workers to local people supports development and enables career progression.

The communities from which the land is leased will get back world-class farms on expiry of the leases.

FOOD SECURITY

Having access to sufficient and nutritious food to meet dietary needs is really the fundamental basis for further development. Food needs to be both available and accessible so a dual approach of producing large amounts of staple crops to reduce reliance on imports, and leveraging this supply base to reduce local prices, has been adopted.

In addition, reliable paid employment gives people the money to purchase sufficient food to feed their families. Rising costs of fertilizer and fuels, land diversion for biofuel, declining food stocks, increasing demand for meat/dairy, and difficult weather conditions will likely continue to drive food prices up.

NEW INITIATIVES

The Company is constantly looking at new ways to benefit the communities within which it operates. A large commercial farm creates an agricultural hub which attracts other entrepreneurs and complimentary businesses.

Other things being introduced include land development programs to prepare land for small farmers; profit funded community development funds; women-specific processing projects; a future fuel initiative to create fuel as well as food security; farmer field schools to teach farming on the ground where it happens; an agricultural university; social projects focused on public health; and basic education to promote literacy amongst the rural population.