Angola’s economy relies heavily on oil, accounting for 80% of government revenues. The country needs to diversify its economy, and this becomes especially important when global oil prices fall. Angola is a large country with rich soils, and a history of exporting agricultural products. It was the world’s third largest coffee exporter in the 1970’s for example, but the country’s devastating civil war from 1975 to 2002 resulted in a collapse in commercial production.
And the sector has not yet recovered from this blow. Only 7% of Angola’s arable land is under cultivation and average crop yields remain very low compared to other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. There is enormous potential for increasing agricultural production and productivity. One way is to enhance capacity development in agribusiness and extension, and which will strengthen market linkages, improve commercialization and build local agro-business facilities and entrepreneurial talent.
The National Innovation Facilitators (NIFs) are the field staff working daily with partnerships for the CDAIS project. They are the ones who move forward the project, meet them here! Meet Juliana! Meet Romão! Meet Zeferino! Meet Oliveira!
Growing hope, from new knowledge on a new crop Rice is produced in other parts of Angola, but not in the area around Bailundo, though conditions are favourable and there is much local demand. Building on the provision of technical expertise from other organisations, CDAIS is adding capacity development of another sort, of the ‘soft
From knowing needs to sowing seeds “CDAIS is interesting for us because it is improving how we operate”, explains Francisco Venda, president of the Sementes do Planalto seed cooperative based in Bailundo. “We work with many partners, and the new skills have proved invaluable.” Since 2016, CDAIS has been working with this group, helping them
“Of course we have problems, but we have learnt to see them as positive problems“ “When I first heard about the CDAIS project two years ago, I knew immediately that it was just what our group of farmers was looking for” explains Edgar Somacumbi. “We have land, seeds, tractors and all the equipment we want,