According to the United Nations, the current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030 and 9.8 billion in 2050. With this staggering increase, global food demand is expected to rise anywhere from 59% to 98% by 20502 and will drastically shape agricultural markets in ways we haven’t seen before. Farmers worldwide will need to increase crop production, either by increasing the amount of agricultural land to grow crops on or by enhancing productivity.
Almost a decade ago, in recognition of this crisis, Grant F. Sanders established GLOBAGRO Corporation, a Canadian registered private company with a vision that focused on improving the global food crisis. Food security was the mission, and, to him, it was a strategic and logical decision to utilize the under cultivated land of the DRC. In partnership with the DRC government, GLOBAGRO established itself as a commercial-grade agricultural business in 2010 and was authorized to use 75,000 hectares of arable farmland at the Agricultural Business Park, (AGRO Park). Currently, they operate a large-scale commercial cultivation and processing facility at this location with a production capacity of over 1 million tons of traditional produce.
In addition, in 2015, they were also given exclusive rights to use and develop the SACCOS Lands for a period of 50 years with additional licensing agreements to cultivate, harvest and distribute produce on over 5 million hectares of prime agricultural land elsewhere in the DRC. Through this venture, GLOBAGRO has agreed to return 10% of net profit share to the SACCOS organization from the sale of all products which provides funds for many local programs and businesses.
This makes GLOBAGRO one of the largest, well respected foreign agricultural investors in the DRC with operations that employ hundreds of thousands of locals. Their investment in the DRC, in addition to providing food resources and employment, has helped build stronger communities and strong political connections, through which, in 2018, Instadose Pharma Corp. was established.Read More
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Growing hemp and cannabis in The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
The Democratic Republic of Congo, (DRC), is the second-largest country in Africa. With 80 million hectares of extensive arable land, 4 million hectares of irrigated land, many rivers, rich nutrient-dense soil, ample rainfall and a year-round growing season, the DRC has the bulk of the major assets needed to become a global agricultural power. Until now, however, the DRC’s vast potential as an agricultural leader has been relatively ignored and, according to the International Fund for Agriculture Development, only about 10 million hectares of this land is currently under cultivation.
Recognizing this huge economic opportunity, the government of the DRC has committed to becoming an agricultural leader in spurring growth and new innovative industries in Africa. The DRC’s National Program of Agriculture has sponsored the capital and resources necessary to spearhead these efforts and has also launched an ambitious strategy, along with GLOBAGRO, to establish and operate several huge agribusiness parks.
The DRC AGRO Park covers 75,000 hectares of arable land watered by the Kwongo and Lonzo rivers. It was opened in July 2014 and represented the first steps towards agricultural reform. Initially, this land was allocated for large-scale traditional farm production when the DRC government entered a partnership with a South African company that cultivated produce.
When this partnership ended in 2016 however, and the company returned to South Africa and the AGRO Park was uninhabited. In July 2018, this became the perfect location for Instadose Pharma to cultivate cannabis biomass and they were awarded a license to cultivate cannabis-specific crops on 10,000 hectares of this land. As a result of the previous tenancy, the Ministry of Agriculture invested approximately $300 million (USD) in infrastructure and enhancements for this prior tenant.
As a result, the facility was already equipped with the following;
- Multi Silo Complex
- Drainage system
- 12 Greenhouses
- Pivot Dam
- Irrigation System
- Airport Strip
- Pump Station
- Power Station
- Feed mill
- Training Cente
The SACCOS Lands, (The Church Farm Africa Savings and Credit Co-operative Society), represents one of the largest agricultural co-operatives registered under the Co-operative Societies Act of the DRC.
An agricultural cooperative is a legal entity where farmers pool their resources and, in this situation, this group is made up of private landowners who are contributing up to 10 million hectares across multiple locations. The SACCOS lands are presently being farmed by more than 200,000 local registered farmers. Instadose Pharma has licensing to cultivate cannabis biomass on 1 million hectares of SACCOS Lands.