An announcement, made last week by Foreign Relations director Francisco da Cruz, detailed plans to boost Angola’s self sufficiency drive by increasing domestic food production to 25 million tons.

The ministerial director stated that the initiative is aimed at development and combating poverty. Da Cruz said that the targets for food production would include grains, cereals and tubers and that there would be, in addition, an expected drop in milk imports of up to 15 percent and production of 60 percent of the chicken meat the country consumes, as well as of 50 percent of beef, goat and mutton.

According to a statement cited by news agency Angop target figures include:

  • 20 million tons of cassava
  • 2.5 million tons of grains
  • 1.5 million tons of potatoes
  • 1 million tons of grains (beans, peanuts and soy)

These targets are to be achieved through public-private partnerships at existing agro-industrial zones such as Capanda, Quizenga and Cubal.

The Capanda zone is a government driven initiative managed by a special entity called Sodepac, charged with attracting interest from the private sector using a PPP model.

The zone benefits from existing infrastructure including a railway line between Luanda and Malanje as well as road access. Power is supplied from the Capanda dam on the River Kwanza.

Produce and processing in this zone will include soya beans, maize, cassava, sugar cane, cotton and dairy.

The Pedras Negras cereal farm project was inaugurated in August 2012 in Casuco, northern Malanje. The farm has been developed to alleviate hunger and poverty across the whole country and reduce Angola’s requirement for imports.  The project also aims to educate and up-skill local people and includes a training centre for 60 students, 260 dormitories, four protocol houses and other facilities.

The Capanda Agro-Industrial Zone

Where

Malanje Province, 185 miles from Luanda. Located beside the Capanda hydropower dam on the River Kwanza.

Scale

400,000 hectares total area

256,000 hectares for rain fed agriculture

13,500 hectares for irrigation.

Produce

Soya beans, maize, cassava, sugar cane, cotton and dairy