Deal #4432

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Target country
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Comment on location
240 km east of Kinshasa.

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
80000
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2014] 80000
Size in operation (production, in ha)
[2014] 1200
Comment on land area
10000 hectares to be planted by January 2015. 1000ha of vegetables will be grown in 2015. The first phase of the Agricultural Business Park is focused on basic crop production.

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Food crops, Livestock

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2014] Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
February 2014. The government has spent $83 million setting up Bukanga Lonzo, where South African firm Mozfood & Energy carried out feasibility studies and a South African consortium called Africom has been handed the management contract

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2014] In operation (production)
[2017] Project abandoned
Comment on implementation status
"The pilot had collapsed. Activity on site ground to a halt after the South African company brought in as a co-investor left stating that it hadn’t been paid by the Congolese government in nearly a year. The minister blamed the South African company that had managed the park and said it had left “in bad faith.” He added that the government plans to re-launch the park with a focus on livestock."

Contract farming

Contract farming
Yes
On leased / purchased area
Yes
Comment on contract farming
Local farmers are involved in the project and receive coupons for their input materials. It is not clear how many farmers will be involved or the size they will plant.

Contract #1

Duration of the agreement (in years)
25

Number of jobs for foreigners created

Jobs created (foreign)
Yes
Comment on jobs created (foreign)
South African contractors- numbers are unknown.

Number of domestic jobs created

Jobs created (domestic)
Yes
Planned number of jobs (domestic)
5000
Current number of jobs (domestic)
[2014] 1000
Comment on jobs created (domestic)
Plan to create 5,000 direct from the vegetable planting and 12-15,000 indirect jobs. Staff have received housing.

Operating company

Comment on investment chain
South African firm Mozfood & Energy carried out feasibility studies. One source states that Africom commodities have been given the management contract. African Development Bank provided about $1 million to finance the feasibility study.

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2014-07-16
Comment on data source
Farmland Grab- Congo launches agri-business park in move to revamp farming

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2014-10-28
Comment on data source
Farm Land Grab- Congo seeks investors for farmland bigger than France

Data source #3

Data source type
Company sources
File

Data source #4

Data source type
Company sources
File

Data source #5

Data source type
Government sources
File
Comment on data source
DRC Agricultural Parks- Bukanga Lonzo Agriculture Business Park

Data source #6

Data source type
Company sources
File

Data source #7

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2018-06-06
Comment on data source
Grain- Failed farmland deals: a growing legacy of disaster and pain

Data source #8

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
Africa's green revolution stumbles at Congo project to solve food shortages
Date
2018-05-22

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Education
Productive infrastructure (e.g. irrigation, tractors, machinery...)
Roads
Other
Comment on promised benefits for local communities
A training center will be erected in 2014. The wider community benefits from the project by the upgrading of roads, electricity and water pipes in the area.

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
State

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Bean, Cassava (Maniok), Corn (Maize), Vegetables (unspecified)
Livestock area
Cattle, Fish

Use of produce

Has domestic use
Yes
Has export
Yes
Comment on use of produce
Output to be mainly sold in Kinshasa, eventually for output.

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes

Water extraction envisaged

Water extraction envisaged
Yes

Source of water extraction

Source of water extraction
Surface water (River)
Comment on source of water extraction
Congo River, pollution of the river possible as the air sprayers are used.

How much water is extracted?

Comment on how much water is extracted
4 500 000 million liters of water per hour.

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