The Hand-in-Hand Initiative is part of the Government's efforts to build a strong, diversified, resilient economy through its National Development Plan 2022-2026.

One of the strategic pillars of the National Development Plan is the development of agriculture, with the following objectives:

  • Meet the demand for poultry products, other animal and fishery products
  • Increase the production of feed inputs
  • Meeting the demand for staples, fruit crops and agro-forestry products
  • Improve conditions for agriculture, livestock, fisheries and aquaculture
  • Build national resources and capacity

To respond to global food crises and limited food imports, the Government has developed a food resilience plan, comprises the following strategies:

  • Intensify national production to complement and substitute food imports
  • Facilitate the transportation of agricultural products to consumers
  • Stabilize the cost of essential food and agricultural products
  • Support of local producers
  • Protect the most vulnerable populations through rigorous financial and social programmes

Through the Protected Agricultural Areas (ZAP), the Government is working toward transforming the agriculture sector, specifically:

  • Allocate at least 100 hectares of land to 10 or more cooperatives
  • Aggregate value chains and encourage private sector investment 
  • Contractualize commercial relations by organizing producers around large industrial operators
  • Intensify agricultural production by providing input access to producers, including water, quality seeds, fertilizers and mechanization
  • Formalize production units as a means to boost economic development

Cassava Flour Production (to make bread and pastry using cassava flour)  

  • Semi-finished (rusted pulp and cossettes) and finished products (chikwangue) covers only 4.74% of domestic demand (1.079 million tons)
  • Cassava flour is strategic as it can help reduce malnutrition through vitamin enrichment
  • The war in Ukraine has led the prices of wheat flour to rise by 90%. Bread-making cassava flour can help reduce the need for importing flour

Soy and Maize Production

  • Support the large-scale production of maize and soybeans -- raw material for the production of livestock feed -- in order to significantly reduce food imports of animal products.
  • Since the establishment of protected agricultural zones (ZAP), there are on average 10 hectares of maize areas per group.

Poultry Farming Development

  • Meet the domestic need for poultry products through to  the installation of modern production infrastructures, which will reduce the need for imports
  • Build and equip with capacity for 11,000 breeding chickens, a hatchery with capacity of 70,000 eggs, and feed-manufacturing plant that could produce 1,000 tons of feed monthly
  • Develop public-private partnerships for the supply of inputs and manufacturing of livestock feed and veterinary products
  • Establish a lab for bromatology (study of food) to start a certification of quality assurance systems

Minster Paul Valentin discusses the HiH Initiative in the Republic of Congo

For more information, please contact the Hand-in-Hand team.