Farming

Amatheon Farming is comprised of three components: large-scale irrigated and rain-fed farming operations, trading partnerships with smallscale farmers, and cattle ranching. Currently, these activities are active in Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Large-scale irrigated and rain-fed farming

Amatheon’s large-scale farming operations are characterized by strong yields, high efficiency, state-of-the-art technology in cultivating, planting, cropping and harvesting equipment, as well as post-harvest storage and handling facilities. Major crops are maize, soya beans, rice and groundnuts, and all activities are undertaken by a committed team of managers and trained operators. Before commencing operations, we undertake in-depth Social and Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Monitoring Plans, and develop close ties with the surrounding communities. We are committed to responsible investment in agriculture and follow the IFC Performance Standards, UN Principles for Responsible Investment in Farmland and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. In 2015, Amatheon Agri was accepted as a member of the UN Global Compact and is guided by its ten principles.

Outgrower Programme

Using our farms as a nucleus, Amatheon supports small-scale farmers and creates fruitful partnerships that boost economic participation in the surrounding areas. With a no-contract approach, Amatheon establishes rural depots that allow farmers easier access to quality inputs and act as a trading platform for those who wish to sell their produce to Amatheon. Farmers also receive free training in Conservation Farming, Farming as a Business, and financial literacy which helps improve their production and marketing and fosters an entrepreneurial mindset. Carefully selected farmers are linked with financial institutions so they can access credit and take their businesses to the next level. These partnerships are part of Amatheon’s inclusive-growth strategy that strives to create shared value for both the company and surrounding communities.

Cattle Ranching

Amatheon’s cattle ranching activities include more than 1,300 heads of cattle grazing on 2,000 hectares of land. The breeding herd is closely managed to maintain the highest quality possible while feedlotting operations continuously grow and supply domestic markets. In 2015, Amatheon introduced a livestock component into its Outgrower Programme to buy cattle from smallholder farmers and fatten them through the feedlot. Cattle operations are part of an integrated value chain approach which contributes to Amatheon’s food processing businesses in urban areas.