Amatheon Agri Zambia and its partners sign a Memorandum of Understanding as part of a USAID-funded, 5-year, US$21 million project to increase chilli and paprika production with communities in Zambia

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  • Amatheon Zambia Subsidiary and Other International and Local Stakeholders Sign Memorandum of Understanding for $21 Million USAID Flagship Project

  • Over a period of 5 years, the Alliance will address threats to the Greater Kafue ecosystem, in which Amatheon Agri Zambia is a key partner for sustainable agricultural development

  • The growing demand for chillies and paprika offers unlimited opportunities to integrate smallholder farmers into the company’s value chain and increase its commercial volume

  • First major transactions of approx. Signature of contracts worth 2 million euros with European and African customers for the purchase of chilli and paprika

BERLIN, GERMANY/ACCESSWIRE/April 26, 2022/ Amatheon Agri Holding NV (the “Company”), the agribusiness and agricultural group listed on Euronext (ISIN NL0010273694, Symbol MLAAH), announces the signing of a memorandum of understanding for a Global Alliance project for the development of a duration of 5 years with a total volume of 21 USD M.

A double reason to celebrate: on International Earth Day 2022, Amatheon Agri Zambia Ltd. joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Kashikoto Conservancy Ltd., Alliance partners, government officials, and local leaders to officially launch the Nature Alliance of Eastern Kafue. The Alliance, which operates under USAID’s Global Development Alliance (GDA), brings together public, private, and civil society actors, as well as local communities, to address threats on the rich biodiversity in and around the Greater Kafue Ecosystem (GKE) of Zambia.

5-year flagship project with USAID and TNC
A cooperative agreement signed by USAID and TNC kicks off the implementation of a five-year, $21.3 million program, of which $10 million will be funded by USAID and $11.3 million leveraged from private sector. Amatheon Agri Zambia Ltd. (AAZ) plays a key role in this program to further increase sustainable agricultural production of high value crops within the communities of the Mumbwa district, in which the company operates.

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Rhodine Sikumba officially launched the Alliance and highlighted the importance of bringing like-minded people together to conserve the rich landscape of GKE and improve the well-being and prosperity of its communities . “Sustainable development requires cross-sectoral commitments from local and global stakeholders,” said Honorable Mr. Sikumba.

The Minister of Green Economy and Environment, Honorable Collins Nzovu, also spoke of the great opportunities that inclusive agriculture can bring to communities and nature simultaneously, and appreciated Amatheon’s approach to introduce cash cropping as a sustainable alternative source of income for GKE communities.

Uplifting Communities in Mumbwa District with Growing Demand for Capsicum Products
With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Amatheon Agri Zambia Managing Director Troy Minne said the company is committed to scaling up its production of herbs and spices with smallholder farmers, starting by different varieties of capsicum products (hot peppers and paprika). Over a period of 5 years, Amatheon Agri Zambia will support crop diversification towards high-value herbs and spices, produced using climate-smart techniques through the provision of market services, including input finance, extension and demonstration of sustainable agricultural practices to cope with economic constraints. faced by communities in Mumbwa district.

With its state-of-the-art processing, cleaning and storage facilities, AAZ is able to process dried chillies and paprika into flakes of various sizes, with or without seeds, in accordance with international food and processing standards. . Global demand for chilli products continues to grow, providing a great opportunity for Amatheon to connect smallholder farmers to high-level value chains and increase its trade volumes as new business contracts come in. supplies materialize.

Successful conclusion of large orders in the first quarter of 2022
“The first major transactions from European and African customers for high-margin chilli and paprika products have been concluded, resulting in the signing of approximately €2 million of contracts in the first quarter of 2022 for delivery later in the year,” says Amatheon’s international director. Sales and Marketing, Victoria Cavanagh.

“The high product quality, combined with year-round availability and on-site processing, makes Amatheon Agri a strategic supplier for many new customers,” says Cavanagh. “Traditional chilli and paprika origins are experiencing quality and supply issues, and the market is eager to develop new origins, especially with large agricultural companies where traceability is stronger,” she says.

Second AAZ-USAID Partnership for Community Development
For AAZ, the launch marked a special moment in the company’s history with USAID, which played a crucial role in the development of Amatheon Agri’s Outgrower program in 2016. During the first partnership with USAID , AAZ has established a business network with more than 10,000 farmers in Mumbwa. District and integrated the Outgrower program into the heart of the company’s operations in Zambia.
“We are thrilled to be associated again with such an ambitious and fundamentally important project, which will improve our outgrower program and the communities surrounding Amatheon’s farm,” said Laura Schenck, Chief Sustainability Officer.

Project Alliance activities will be implemented over a five-year period until September 2026.

Board of directors

Berlin, Germany, April 26, 2022
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For more information, visit the Group’s website: https://amatheon-agri.com

Contact:
Laura Schenck
Amatheon Agri Holding SA
Friedrichstraße 95, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 30 53 000 90 121
Fax: +49 30 53 000 90 20
email: [email protected]

About Amatheon Agri Holding NV:
Amatheon Agri is a European agribusiness with headquarters in Berlin and production sites in sub-Saharan Africa, which cooperates with small local farmers (outgrowers). Since its founding by Mr. Carl Heinrich Bruhn in 2011, Amatheon Agri has built sustainable agricultural value chains from cultivation to product-specific processing and marketing processes in Zambia, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Thanks to the combination of an international distribution network, integrated local know-how and a sustainable vision for the future, Amatheon Agri has been able to establish itself as a strategically aligned global player in the African agricultural sector.

In 2020, Amatheon Agri also launched its new brand of 100% natural, fair trade and sustainably grown foods from Zambia, Uganda and Zimbabwe: ZUVA Foods (https://www.zuva.de)
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The Shares of Amatheon Agri are listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (ISIN NL0010273694, Symbol MLAAH) and on the Lang & Schwarz Stock Exchange in Germany (Symbol/WKN A1J4XD).

Amatheon Agri’s convertible bonds are listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under ISIN code DE000A286BY3 and symbol /WKN A286BY.

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