Concordant sources from international and national actors interested in the agricultural sector in DR. Congo reports that the DRC has an agricultural potential of more or less 120 million hectares of arable land. Unfortunately, several United Nations Reports also mention that despite the efforts that actors continue to deploy, almost all (1/3) of Congolese continue to be affected by acute food insecurity, even placing DR Congo as the world second country in food crisis (after Yemen). This is both dilemma and shocking reality for a country full of such resources, and still very rich in soil fertility, which should unfortunately participate in the very first ranks of the World's Giant Exporters in Agricultural Products, and serve as a portal of opportunities for Global Food Demand, but whose communities swim daily in misery!
In view of this, it should be noted that the persistence of weaknesses in General Domestic Governance, and in the definition and implementation of Structural Growth Plan remain at the center of the challenges, which have even constituted a general brake against Congolese Communities’ Development. And, hence a new definition of New Growth Apparatus must now transform Agricultural sector into opportunities for sustainable employment and food, and as well economic growth and shared progress opportunities. This would as well avoid or alleviate the burden in foreign debts to the DRC and allow the country to define itself as a potential donor in Global Needs for International Development, in the same way as other global donors funding the same causes.
Indeed, our organization has largely remained concerned with potential solutions, and the challenge was: how would we define ourselves into expected catalysts, and help the DR. Congo standing beyond the current barriers and stagnation, with new distinct and transformative commission that save and change lives?
We’re focusing on innovating practices and pursuing high professionalization goals, alongside responsible governance of sustainable shared growth mission. These guiding principles confer us a position of rarest and formidable actors, whom the aim is to become an institution with strong profile and portfolio, pioneering fast and long-term impact and serving as lasting community prosperity enablers for the next decades and upcoming centuries.
Doing so, our organization is already developing specific programs through which we want to deliver under new strongest auspices to impact beyond communities’ expectations. It’s the case of NPEASD Program: National Partnership for Environment-Agriculture and Sustainable Development; a 10-year program through which actors are driven by a new collective plan to inclusively lead Congolese communities to live up to sustainable growth by 2030, thanks to Agro economy sector.
The NPEASD is a Multi-Actors' Program working together and diversifying services to combat hunger and poverty, adapt organic, circular, transferable & sustainable economic practices, create employment opportunities for millions of people, generate green growth, conserve and exploit natural resources efficiently and sustainably. It has been developed for 2 reasons:
The urgency in new actions and of Actors’ New Solidarity in context requiring a Dynamic of Practices’ Profitability where new partnership is a revolutionary alternative and which technical, financial, technological and environmental innovations are cross-cutting, resilient and determinating (decisive) aspects, contributing to leading Congolese communities on growth sustainability vision adapted to the 2030 Global Agenda and that of Paris Agreement on Climate Change; as well as
The need for DR. Congo to emphasize real strategic plan that enable the promotion of emerging actions with a view of quick and lasting impact on socio-economic and environmental challenges.
The NPEASD Program brings together more than 43 Actors represented by different Entities, including Farmers' Associations, NGOs, Enterprises, Media Associations and Research and Capacity Building Centres, both governed by a charter reflecting their commitment for a sustainable world and in particular for Practices that Save the National Environment and Boost Community Prosperity (PSNEBCP Pracices). As NPEASD Leader, our organization is boldly working to ensure Members access required means (financial, technical and technological) for transformative, viable and livable achievements. Read here the NPEASD Presenting Document
Apart from WNVD's actions with NPEASD Members, the organization has drawn up a farming plan for investments purpose through which it intends to mobilise massive injections of capital to successfully achieve the program, and continuing to Fund the Post-2030 Community Sustainability Needs . It’s about WNVD's Agro Economic Long term Investments Plan (WNVD – AEI Long-term Plan).
On more than 120 million hectares of arable land in DR. Congo, we emphasize to only use 4, 5 millions (4, 5/120 million hectares) for farming purposes to strenghen response in food demand for more than 90 million people (in DRC), more than 1,5 billion people (in the continental Africa), more than 8 billion people (2050 Global Demography), create more than 1,5millions jobs for Congolese People, generate more than billions dollars (per year) for global humanitarian, social and public causes; while supporting Global Solutions to the Green Economic Restart and Hunger Alleviation Challenges and controlling important carbone emissions by and post-2030. It’s another Great Detonator of Strong Real Development.
In achieving this plan, we want to quickly adapt to Congo's challenging reality and ensure that we remain flexible for relevant recommendations and expert input around each issue. Above all, we as well need to stay optimistic and focused, driving our vision in the observance and application of the rules of the art in order to influence change in ways that are economically, socially and ecologically sustainable.
Finally, the choice and adoption of crops for farming investments over the 4.5 million hectares are motivated by various criteria. And Crops are currently listed in an average of 13 types; ranging from Subsistence (Food) Goals to Agro-Industrial and Environmental ones. Some aim to strengthen the response to the need for access to decent food and nutrition resources for all (such as corn, rice, peas, sorghum, soybean and tomato farming...); others offer responses to the needs of access to adequate oilseed resources for food and health purposes such as sunflower, oil palm and Olive farming; others offer adequate answers in Bioenergies needs (Biofuel) to effectively combat Global Climate Warming Consequences (such as Jatropha Farming); others offer responses for Quality Organic Alcohol-Free Beverages (such as Viticulture and other Fruit Farming); and others are friendlier to wildlife, and create corridors between forest reforms and biodiversity enhancement goals, while providing opportunities to sustainably and economically growing (such as Cocoa Farming).
As we need Congo to embark on Agro Industrial Value Chains Systems (CVA-I Systems), industrial objectives will be determined according to sectorial products or the need for their combination to get brands and products that meet real needs and changing trends of the population (with a focus on their quality); while reducing the market price of agro-industrial products.
E.g; The objective in applying biotechnical systems in corn growing on an area of 500 000 hectares is to allow us harvesting more than 5 million tons (or 5 billion kg) of maize flour per year, and thus strengthen equitable access to maize flour supply opportunities for a significant number of households, while influencing the considerable reduction in market prices. The same is true for the cultivation of quality rice on the same area of 500 000 hectares, with a potential production of more than 8 million tons per year; whereas growing Jatropha on an area of 1 million hectares will allow us to contribute to the reduction of more than 25 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year (or 25 tons per hectare per year), with impeccable solutions for the DRC to integrate the transitional alternative towards biological energies and Biodiesel Oil; a very fascinating surplus for the DRC to position itself on the rails of environmentally friendly economies.
That doesn't stopover there, because the eco-industrial benefits in growing Cocoa, Oil Palm, Sunflower, Olive Oil trees are just as multiple as it is for all the other crops on our list. Nevertheless, their interdependent development into industrial value chains will result into remarkable and diversified derivatives, with quality primary products and by-products as well as a significant food, nutritional, health, agropastoral, pharmaceutical, cosmetic application and impact, including Non-exhaustive List of commercial and socio-economic advantages.
Later 2028, the financial benefits of this planning will go up to more than USD 10 billion per year. This budget will be constituted in the “WNVD Fund for International Growth”, and invested in promoting transversal and inclusive partnerships for the social and public-private sectors in order to drive inclusive Smart Collective Action Plans (SCAPs), which benefit generations.
For example, in DR Congo, in order to promote agro-economic development that benefits everyone. This also requires the rehabilitation, creation and construction of roads (not only Farm Roads but also those of Urban-Rural Communication). To this end, the progressive and successful implementation of this plan will allow WNVD to provide support in construction for more than 500 km of paved road each year. This will allow DR Congo to have interconnected provinces, cities and communities, and have a sustainable national territory before the fall of 2040. In the same plan for, the Fund will be used to finance growth and sustainability for underdeveloped communities; including actions to combat hunger and poverty; promote Good Health and Well-being and promote Sustainable Territories and Communities, and the set of actions around that, such as: the promotion of industrial and technological infrastructure and innovations, decent work and economic growth, equitable access to clean energy; Land Life and measures against climate change; Peace and Equal Rights and Opportunities for All; Decent, affordable and environmentally friendly Habitat; Responsible Production and Consumption; Clean Water and Sanitation... and the Partnership for the Achievement of the Goals.
This plan brings together both livelihood actions, and socio-economic recovery and sustainable agro-industry investments (agribusiness) as well as those of performance for a more resilient and environmentally friendly agro-economic development. They are actions focused on the 2030 and Post-2030 Goals.
Ensuring the dissemination and facilitating acquiring required insights relating to environmental friendly agro-economy as well as Responsible Agri-Governance as strategic pillar of sustainable Agro-Economy
Ensuring access to Seed Fund for Cooperatives and Farmer Associations so they can grow and produce. combining both food and fruit crops, with reforestation activities will play a catalytic role in boosting sustainable rural growth, with multidimensional impact and diversified revenues (including in environmental protection, soil improvement, food, nutrition and health trends responses, promotion of ornamental value and outdoors attractions as well as industrial development and financial incomes).
Promoting community agricultural fields to strengthen social cohesion and community peaceful transformation
Acquiring important arable concessions conducive to sustainable agro-industrial macro-investments. WNVD and the Congolese Government will develop and co-sustain inclusive Memorandum of Understanding [(i-MoU) serving as sustainable cooperation framework], promising for 4, 5 million hectares exploited for agro-purposes and for shared socio-public benefits.
Adopting and applying smart farm systems that make agricultural process more efficient, speed farm operations and boost quality production while efficiently responding to real communities expectations. They will integrate technologies ranging from preliminary researches to harvest technics. They will so include Soil and Climate Studies, Soil tillage and Seeding Machines, Monitoring technologies of Performance and Crops' Production Cycle; Biofertilizing and Irrigation Technologies as well as the Harvest Technologies.
Erecting Modern Agro-Industrial Parks with multidimensional concepts (as WNVD will be scaling up), which open up the prospects of services and jobs, and boost industrial value chains for brands and products that meet population and market preferences. Industries' models and concepts to be developed will always be designed in ways that comply with environmental and climate objectives. E.g: The development of clean and biological sources in the energy supply within agro-industrial parks will help us meeting the environmental and climate objectives; whereas the same shall apply to the type of packaging and the rest of the applied technological and chemical-industrial processes. Growing Ecological Trees in and around industrial parks facilities will in fine play an environmental attractive benefit in line with air cleaning (purification).
Linking Agricultural Farmlands Areas with National Highways and other Primary Roads to enable the transportation of inputs to the farms and agricultural produce to the market while ensuring transactions and accessibility under the most secure adequate conditions.
Promoting Inclusive and Emerging Market Policies that ensure strong Agri-business, boost Agri-food commodity flow and transactions systems that benefit everyone. This will involve: - Building Resilient Community Markets Facilities for the needs of selling and purchasing Agri-food products [(including Modern Urban Agri-Food Supermarkets). Market Agri-Food Technologies will be aligned with (purchasing (order), shipping, delivery and tracking systems) to ensure access to fast supply opportunities at the needed place and time and as well in the secure and saving conditions for people in need]. Our IGEMSID Staff will be: - initiating public-private partnerships with strategic actors to promote strong trade cooperation conducive to safe transnational and transcontinental transactions that benefit shared development. - promoting policies that take into account the lower and middle classes, and especially by the conformity with the right of equitable access to basic resources. - The prices of Agri-food products will have to be adapted, so as to advantage the lower classes.
Creating Agro-Economic Hotbeds conducive to encouragement of the Agrotourism vision, as well as promoting Special Economic Zones and Sustainable Investments in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Promoting financial institutions for scaling up financial solutions, ranging from accessing capital to financial security needs. Creating and escalating services of the Congolese Agricultural Development Bank (CADB Bank), Congolese Rural Development Bank (CRDB Bank), Congolese Economic Development Bank (CEDB Bank) ... for a secure social and agro-financial economy.
In summary, 13 types of crops are selectively adopted and scattered in a table according to the time required by each crop’s reproductive cycle to give mature and ready to be harvested fruits; the food, nutritional, agropastoral and economic-industrial advantage offered by each type; the geostrategic choice of investment areas (guided by the sufficient availability of arable land…); the ecological impact of each category; as well as opportunities offered by World Markets in access to Quality Organic Seeds.
Finally, it should be noted that this planning is a strategic guide for our IGEMSID Commission on Agricultural Investments for Sustainable Growth in DR Congo. It remains dynamic and will therefore be updated at any time, depending on whether the circumstances are validly justified. Similarly, the relatively provided information remain insignificant. So, enrichments and strategic planning for each investment in a specific crop will have to be gradually continued according to the needs.
Thus, in the publication mode of this document, it is necessary to rely (press) on each crop visibility in order to access its information. Similarly, the PDF version can be accessed in the overall view of the document.