NEW ROTATIONS FARMING ZAMBIA (NRZ)

Our social impact
livelihood
IMPROVED LIVELIHOODS

NRZ has continued to provide a direct market for groundnuts to over 2,500 smallholder farmers. In total, c.2,900 farmers were reached in 2017 (Inputs, market support and training).
Lift in income
UPLIFT IN INCOME
Employees have received an income uplift of $813 in 2017. By buying groundnuts at a fair price, farmers each received a price benefit of approximately $26.
Food security
FOOD SECURITY
NRZ is improving quality control through shelling, processing, lab testing, aflatoxin mitigation procedures and researching high-yielding seeds and hi-oleic varieties, with longer shelf lives.
Community
IMPROVED COMMUNITIES
The better yielding seeds NRZ is introducing, and the improved aflatoxin mitigation procedures it is working on, should enable local farmers to increase production of groundnuts and to sell to more profitable markets.
Real lives
EUGENE BEENE, SENIOR MARKETING AND EXTENSION OFFICER , NEW ROTATIONS FARMING ZAMBIA (NRZ), Zambia
AgDevCos investment in NRZ has enabled smallholders to diversify their cropping away from maize on which they are over-reliant. The opportunity has allowed Eugene to apply his skills in an industry he is passionate about. NRZ provides cash payments, returns grain bags to farmers and provides accurate weighing.
"IT IS A GREAT PLEASURE FOR ME INTERACTING WITH SMALLHOLDER FARMERS AND WORKING AT NRZ, A COMPANY DEDICATED TO IMPROVING SMALLHOLDER FARMER LIVELIHOODS. I ENJOY MY WORK."
Overview
The Challenges

The groundnut industry in Zambia has been greatly affected by high aflatoxin levels.  Poor quality edible groundnuts and lack of improved seed varieties have made it impossible to enter international markets. Additionally, smallholder farmers have been impacted negatively by low prices and poor access to markets. Crop yields remain poor due to the use of recycled groundnut seed.

Our Approach

Our total committed investment of US$1,600,000 has been used to buy groundnuts from smallholder farmers as well as finance purchase of the necessary equipment to improve processes and quality to tap into the international market. We have also allocated funds for Business Development Services to develop a groundnut training manual and facilitate training and extension services to smallholder groundnut farmers.

Our Impact
  • 48 temporary (92% women) and 30 permanent jobs created/sustained in 2017.
  • $1,386,078 leveraged from the private sector and DFIs.
  • Seed multiplication programme established in 2015, 90t supplied for the 2017/18 season. 
  • Three high-oleic seed varieties registered with the Seed Control and Certification Institute, Zambia.
  • 410ha of improved seed varieties planted in 2017/18; uniform line trials for smallholder varieties in progress.
  • Since inception in 2015, purchased c.2,000 MT of groundnuts from smallholder farmers.
investment
$1,100,000
Committed Investment
We believe we can deliver more impact by making investments that help responsible agribusinesses grow.
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