As in years past, the Democratic Republic of Congo has the highest proportion of undernourished people in the world at around 70 percent of local population as well as one of the highest child mortality rates in the world.

With the world facing an unparalleled problem of rapidly rising food prices it is essential for the region to adopt measures that will help it to improve food supplies. Terra hopes to increase the stock of maize to counter the steep reductions and drought-induced shortfalls. This will, in turn, address the increased demand for maize and cereals caused by rising incomes, urbanization and population growth. Our objective is to increase sustainable agricultural production and thereby to help reduce the food deficit in Katanga.

Approximately 32 % (76 million people) of the estimated 244 million inhabitants of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) live below the international poverty line of one US dollar per day. 70 % (171 million people) live below the international poverty line of two US dollars per day.

Bunga is a cornmeal (maize) product and a staple food in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is made from ground maize (corn) flour that is cooked with water to a porridge- or dough-like consistency. Maize from which the flour is obtained is hardy and will grow reliably in dry seasons. For these reasons, ground maize is an important part of the diet in the province of Katanga, DRC.

Terra currently produces approximately 10,000 tonnes of grain, which is 1% of the deficit in the province of Katanga. This means that Katanga, in essence, is short of a million tons of maize flour and grain and we’re hoping to meet the demand in the near future.

We look forward to playing an important and positive role in reviving the agricultural sector and to support the D.R. Congo on its path to optimal agricultural health and the reduction of poverty.