Agriculture

Adding value in Angola’s agriculture sector

DEVELOPING AGRIBUSINESS

Angola meets all the conditions for a successful agribusiness sector. It has an abundant supply of water, a well-suited climate, a substantial labour pool and significant domestic investment.

Angola was once the breadbasket of Southwest Africa, but the civil war devastated the agricultural base. It went from being one of Africa’s most prolific food exporters to no longer being able to feed its own population.

Today, subsistence farming predominates. Practically all farmed land is held by families in uneconomic smallholdings. Knowledge is basic and practices are rudimentary.

As part of a broader project to diversify its economic base the Angolan Government is working hard to regenerate agriculture.

DT has set up pilot projects to investigate the challenges and opportunities for agribusiness in Angola. We are testing how technology, latest processes and vertical integration can increase yields and promote competitiveness.

In Catumbela, we have set up a 90-hectare fruit and vegetable farm. It includes a packing house and distribution centre. The farm is currently one of the largest producers of Passion fruit in Angola and one of the major banana producers in the region of Benguela.

The Catumbela farm is irrigated from the nearby river. We have refurbished a nine-kilometre stretch of canal to carry sweet water to both the farm and local communities.

58 million Ha

potential arable land in Angola

69%

of total Angolan employment in agricultural sector

$189.7BN

Angola GDP 2016

90%

crude oil share of Angolan exports 2016