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Texere agricultural company and agribusines srl

Place: democratic-republic-of-congo, Africa
Socio-economic dynamics and global markets Socio-economic dynamics and global markets
Total Budget: € 0,00 | Period: From December 2013 To

Summary

The mission is to organize  an integrated agrifood supply chains to guarantee: a) quality control (traceability of agri-food products from the field: ISO 22005); and b) to stabilize the costs. To achieve this goal, the supply chain has to be completely integrated in order to internalized the cost and protect them from the volatility of international markets: direct agreements with local communities. Crop rotation is the base to preserve the sustainability of territory. The 4 uses of the crops can allowed a controlled risk of market: food, feed (proteins) and fiber, and non-food (agrienergy, bioplastics, biolubrificants, etc….) with contract base and stable price on long run. Furthermore, partner of TEXERE are producers and market as well (closed system and certification of “ethic agriculture” by the Social Accountability Watch).

Partnership

Texere agricultural company - Italy

Lead applicant

The mission is to organize an integrated agrifood supply chains to guarantee: a) quality control (traceability of agri-food products from the field: ISO 22005); and b) to stabilize the costs. To achieve this goal, the supply chain has to be completely integrated in order to internalized the cost and protect them from the volatility of international markets: direct agreements with local communities. Crop rotation is the base to preserve the sustainability of territory. The 4 uses of the crops can allowed a controlled risk of market: food, feed (proteins) and fiber, and non-food (agrienergy, bioplastics, biolubrificants, etc….) with contract base and stable price on long run. Furthermore, partner of TEXERE are producers and market as well (closed system and certification of “ethic agriculture” by the Social Accountability Watch).

Democratic Republic of Congo, The Ministry of Agriculture - Democratic Republic of Congo

Initiative partner

1. La volonté et la détermination du Gouvernement de faire de l’agriculture un des piliers de modernisation de la République Démocratique du Congo ; et partant, sa ferme résolution de mettre en place une politique incitative d’investissements dans le domaine agricole ; 2. La résolution du Ministère de l’Agriculture et du Développement Rural d’associer les opérateurs économiques du secteur agricole, les Associations professionnelles et patronales du secteur de l’agriculture à l’exécution des campagnes agricoles en vue d’une utilisation à bon escient des fonds à cet effet accordés par le Gouvernement

diocese of Boma - Democratic Republic of Congo

Initiative partner

Catholic church diocèse catholique suffragant de l'archidiocèse de Kinshasa en République démocratique du Congo. Le diocèse englobe la ville de Boma, les territoires de Lukula, Tshela et une bonne partie de Tseke-Mbanza dans le district de Bas-fleuve, ainsi que le territoire de Muanda dans le district de Boma, le tout faisant partie de la province du Bas-Congo (Congo central). Le diocèse est l'une des trois circonscriptions ecclésiastiques de la province civile du Bas-Congo et se trouve dans la partie occidentale de la province. Le siège épiscopal se trouve à Boma, à la cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption. Le territoire est subdivisé en 37 paroisses. C'est le 26 février 1934 qu'est érigé le vicariat apostolique de Boma par la bulle pontificale Majori catholicæ de Pie XI, recevant son territoire du vicariat apostolique de Léopoldville, aujourd'hui archidiocèse de Kinshasa, et de la préfecture apostolique de Lulua et d'Afrique centrale (aujourd'hui diocèse de Kamina). Le 10 novembre 1959, le vicariat apostolique est élevé au rang de diocèse par la bulle Cum parvulum de Jean XXIII.

Integrated agrifood value-chains between farmers The mission is to organize an integrated agrifood supply chains to guarantee: a) quality control (traceability of agri-food products from the field: ISO 22005); and b) to stabilize the costs. To achieve this goal, the supply chain has to be completely integrated in order to internalized the cost and protect them from the volatility of international markets: direct agreements with local communities. Crop rotation is the base to preserve the sustainability of territory. The 4 uses of the crops can allowed a controlled risk of market: food, feed (proteins) and fiber, and non-food (agrienergy, bioplastics, biolubrificants, etc….) with contract base and stable price on long run. Furthermore, partner of TEXERE are producers and market as well (closed system and certification of “ethic agriculture” by the Social Accountability Watch).

The development of an agrifood value-chain depends on natural resources, human resources and their interactions representing the sustainability of the system.  Value-chain innovations, focused more on process development than on product development, are designed to develop sustainable business models by addressing context-specific issues that meet both economic and social objectives.
Responsible innovation is increasingly being viewed by firms as a corporate and strategic necessity to ensure long-term sustainability. However, to produce corporate value (CV) and sustainable development, the corporate social responsibility CSR should be integrated into the supply chain: the product must have a passport with the profile of the agri-food chain and the traceability.

The interaction process can be based on the value chain of sustainable development and corporate values

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The Democratic Republic of Congo has a huge potential of agrifood production: land, human resources, water, climate, etc.. But, in a growing economy is becoming food importer. Just 7% of lad is cultivated. Small local farmers have the potentiality of production but not the organization to achieve the market.

Resources, technology and access to market are the three assets of corporate value managing a sustainable value-chain. Resources are already in the local territory, like natural and human and institutional resources. Technology and related knowhow are achievable in the world market but have to be adopted and adapted to local territorial systems with respect to natural resources. The interaction process integrate these two assets to access markets organizing an integrated value-chain (production, processing, logistic and marketing) representing the sustainability of the economic process.

 

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../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Strategy of Texere presentetion at Papa Kin in Kinshasa

the main result is the willingness of local farmers to be integrated into an international value-chain with Italian farmers

Operatively the results is the agreent of Texere Italia (Italian farmers) with the local farmers in BasCongo to farm together. A local company as a joint-venture between Texere and local partners (private, Institutions, etc..) has been established (Texere Congo). The company will organize cooperatives of local farmers (small-holders) and/or farmers under contracts to extend the production to the territory around (outgrowing). The final target is about half and half: 40-50% of land farmed directly and 60-50% of outgrowing (gradually organizing local cooperatives of farmers) in order to facilitate programming and integration of supply chain and thus reduce structural costs. TEXERE has also to provide agricultural services and advice to the smallholders in order to would facilitate programming of production and  relationships between the smallholders.

Signature of agreement Agreement with local villages: chefs de groupements, ayant droit coutumiers

The beneficiaries are the Italian farmers and the local farmers in BasCongo: farming together

 

../file-system/small/docx ../file-system/small/docx scheme of organization witj local farmers , the supply chain has to be completely integrated in order to internalized the cost and protect them from the volatility of international markets: direct agreements with local communities. Crop rotation is the base to preserve the sustainability of territory.

Governance of the project on the territory: 1 Italian project manager; 1 local responsible ofadministration; 1 local expert of agronomy

Farmers involved: 11 villages; more than 1000 people as first step

the project can be extended to further villages and other countries (the exploration has been enlarged to Angola and Mozanbique): more thant 20.000 small farmers can be involved as a final target

villages integration of 11 villages into an integrated value-chain

The main difficulty is the time required to establish relationsships and turst withh villages and local farmers. Quite often lonng time requirement is not compatible with market programme and time of business. Thus this approach has a long time return. Sustainability has to be pursued in the long run not in the short run caracteristic of a simple profit target. Any territory has to be analyze and organized for the social aspect, in a second time for the agronomic and economic aims.

Further risk management:

Operational / Agronomic risks
- Management of farms: lands are selected of the base of time series data (5 years) and current management. Specific agronomical due diligence have been carried out.
Weather and land: 
- crops will be selected according to the vocational area of production and the techniques is based on agronomical rotation of crops
- a continuous monitoring of land and weather condition  (www.marsop.info)

 

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The definition of biodiversity should not be restricted solely to the issue of genetic resources or conservation of threatened species. Biodiversity, indeed, is the variety of life and its processes: pathways and cycles that link living organisms into populations, ecosystems and landscapes.

Three networks of biodiversity interact constituting a local system: a) biodiversity of products based on genetic diversity - the variety of genetic building blocks found among individual representatives of a species; b) biodiversity of agro-ecosystems, based on the variety of ecosystem diversity, that is the variety of species and ecological functions and processes, both their kind and number, that occur in different physical settings; c) biodiversity of culture, based on historical process of accumulation of human stock, heritage, leading to the capability to use and manipulate the product biodiversity and a sustainable respect of the ecosystem biodiversity

../file-system/small/docx ../file-system/small/docx Biodiversity biodiversity as economic strategy

Results in agriculture should be pursued in the long run, expecially when sustainability (agronomical and social sustainability) is the main value-added of the project

The project in Congo is a 50 years programme signed in "droit coutumiers". The value of the technology is not in possession but in use. That is the strategy of the project is to bring the technology close to the land and grow the human resources to promote innovation.

Other initiative immediately connected and proposed by the Government is the pilot project establish with the   Supreme Head of the Army "from guns to hoes": involve soldiers to farm producing food for army and for local population.

 

The main innovation is the organization

value-chain innovations are designed to develop sustainable business models by addressing context-specific issues that meet both economic and social objectives. Innovation is now less the fruit of new knowledge and more the result of mobilising and adapting existing knowledge in different forms. It comes more from an interactive, bottom-up, social process than from the dissemination of scientific results. The knowledge that farmers have of the specific characteristics of their agricultural ecosystems, the so-called local knowledge, is the foundation of economic sustainability.

In practice, in each group of villages an "antenna" has been identified  that is, a coordinator linking the governance of Texere (agronomist, administrator, project manager) with local farmers for technical aspects.
In addition, together with the network of parishes, seminars and events have been organized to aggregate small farmers into cooperatives / associations

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