JOHANNESBURG - US agriculture company Corteva Agriscience, which supplies crop protection as well as seeds to farmers, officially launched in Zambia this week with a pledge to support the southern African country in its drive to become a regional hub for agricultural innovation.
In a statement after the launch, the company said it had reiterated its commitment to backing government efforts to ensure national food security and laid out its vision to extend that goal to the wider regional eastern and southern Africa region.
Corteva Agriscience signed a memorandum of understanding with the Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) under which farmers will be trained on agricultural best practices, while Corteva will provide access to high-quality hybrid seeds, crop protection products and digital farming solutions.
"The production landscape in Zambia is dynamic, as farmers constantly strive to survive and respond to many factors such as dealing with the effects of climate change, enhancing productivity and embracing diversification," ZNFU president Jervis Zimba said.
"There is an abundant desire for seed technologies among the farmers and we are excited with the efforts being made by big companies such as Corteva Agriscience.”
Zambia's government has highlighted the need for significant change in agriculture to meet rising food demand.