Hazera, supporting agriculture in Africa
May. 2, 2017
The Ethiopian villages project was initiated and accompanied by Hazera together with its local distributor, Green Life. Challenge was to make local farmers more professional, so that they could better support their families. The project began in the small village of Gedenser, in eastern Ethiopia. Its agricultural potential called for a long-term investment, requiring the villagers to commit themselves to study and work in order to learn agriculture and make a living from it. Hazera contributed seeds to the project for 3 basic crops: onions, tomatoes and peppers. Hazera representatives brought together all the families involved, helped teach them to use organic animal manure for soil fertilization and provided agricultural equipment and supplies. After about a year, the villagers began to make a living from their produce. The project drew the attention of senior officials from Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture and from 2017 the project will be expanding to 13 more villages in Ethiopia!
Hazera Farmer Field Day 2017
Roseland Ethiopia cauliflower harvest
Jawadat Badawieh, Hazera’s Manager responsible for African markets: “Beside these two exemplary development projects, Hazera is providing farmers training in a range of African countries such as Tanzania, Angola, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Rwanda and most recently in West-Africa, more particularly in Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Senegal. In the last country we were also present at the Congress of the African Seed Trade Association at the beginning of March.
Hazera's Jawadat Badawieh on mission in Africa
In Ethiopia, Hazera is also active with seed production for its vegetable varieties, another way to introduce professional knowledge into this continent full of promise. A potential that is also seen clearly by Hazera’s mother company Limagrain, that has considerably strengthened its presence in Afica through its daughter companies and through several recent acquisitions such as Link Seed (South Africa) and Seed Co (several countries).
As Hazera’s CEO Rami Dar stated: "Hazera aims to help feed the world's growing population and develop agriculture throughout the world. By supporting and developing agriculture in Africa we can help millions of people to improve their living conditions”.
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