With over 70% of the Congolese population working in agriculture, the sector has the greatest potential for building the national economy and alleviating poverty. Yet legal constraints and competition from neighbouring countries have caused a decrease in access to quality seeds and consumer confidence. Furthermore, the market linkages to low-income farmers and agribusinesses are minimal, making it difficult for farmers to produce and sell quality crops and for agribusinesses to grow and prosper.
ÉLAN RDC has facilitated, for the first time, a partnership between public research institutes and private organisations to increase commercial seed production.
ÉLAN RDC is also linking agro-suppliers with low-income farmers in order to meet the demand for products, equipment and services in the provinces.