Kitoko Food Farm
A joint Gertler Family Foundation (GFF) – Fleurette Group project, Kitoko Food Farm is an innovative agricultural initiative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) designed to address the country’s chronic food shortages and advance its agricultural and economic development by equipping Congolese with the tools and skills needed to increase their personal food security. Kitoko Food Farm, as a privately funded agriculture project, is the first of its kind in decades in the DRC after the destruction and looting of Domaine Agroindustriel Présidentiel de la N’sele (DAIPN) in the early nineties.
Kitoko Food Farm sits along the banks of the N’Sele River, some 50 kilometers outside the capital of Kinshasa, where Congolese and expatriate agronomists and other agricultural professionals teach modern, sustainable farming techniques to help communities overcome debilitating food deficits and become self-sufficient. It is the first of eleven farms – one in each province – to be established in the DRC.
Kitoko Food Farm, which currently employs 90 Congolese, is projected to produce tons of peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, onions, potatoes and other vegetables in 2014, supplying local markets with fresh, high-quality produce at prices significantly lower than the cost of imported food. Within a year, Kitoko is expected to employ approximately 200 permanent Congolese workers, more than 80 percent of who already live in villages near the farm.
When fully built, Kitoko Food Farm will grow a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, have fish farms and house a plant and tree nursery on nearly 600 acres, making a significant impact on the availability of fresh, quality food and protein in and around Kinshasa.
For more about Kitoko Food Farm, please visit http://kitoko-food.com or http://kitoko-food.com/fr/ en Français.