We aim to address food insecurity by ensuring that the basic needs of our community and region are met and that families have access to more and nutritious food.
To achieve this necessary increase in productivity requires sustained improvements and investment in human resources as well as continued innovation around all aspects of agriculture and related industries and services.
In order to meet these objectives Terra secured a total land mass of 10,000 ha in the Haut- Katanga Province that includes two farms; Lubanda and Katofio. This stretch of land is situated around 94km North- East of Lubumbashi near Minga. We currently operate from the Lubanda farm (5,000ha).
Being situated in Katanga ensures that we are in touch with what happens locally. We take what we learn and combine it with effective tools and advanced farm management practices. We use cutting edge technology to ensure that we manage soil and water resources optimally to prevent and reduce crop loss due to spoilage, weeds, disease, pests and other threats. All our fields are equipped with a draining system to control excess water-flow during floods and rains.
“The quest for food security can be the common thread that links the different challenges we face and helps build a sustainable future.” – José Graziano da Silva, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General
Drought is second only to soil infertility as a constraint to maize production in the developing world. We are fortunate that the Lubanda farm has unrestricted access to water from a nearby lake located within the farm. We implement improved agronomic practices that are vital to assure higher yields. This ensures that we can supply the immediate human need for food while conserving the environment and production resources on a sustainable basis.
The Terra team has already built much needed infrastructure for personnel facilities, accommodation and storage. These storage facilities include buildings for the storage of fertilizer, chemicals, harvested crops and equipment. Wherever possible we utilise sustainable means of energy creation. Our electricity is supplied by solar panels while a diesel powered generator provides additional electricity to farming equipment.