Impala - from subsistence farming to cash crop
In Mozambique, we have launched Impala – the first ever commercial-scale cassava-based beer which builds on a history of offering new products such as Eagle lager in Africa. Cassava is a difficult crop to use on a commercial scale, because the root deteriorates quickly once it's been harvested. We have worked with DADTCO (Dutch Agricultural Development and Trading Company) to develop a mobile processing unit that we can send to cassava growing regions to process the crop on the farm, ready for the brewery.
“The rural regions we are targeting are extremely poor and the farmers have previously struggled to sell more than a bag of cassava every two weeks. By creating a sustainable, vibrant market for their crops, buying from them direct and helping them to improve their yields, there is no doubt that this project will have a significant impact on their lives and the local economy.”
Peter Bolt, Managing Director of DADTCO
“The cassava processing project that is here in the community, is an advantage. It allows the farmers to sell cassava. Previously they did not know where to go and sell it and our cassava rotted and we were scraping the dried cassava and had no buyers. Now this project is bringing fresh cassava to the factory.”
Bernardo Muhiho, Community Leader, Rural village in Nampula
Supporting smallholder farmers in Southern Sudan
SABMiller has partnered with the NGO FARM-Africa to introduce an innovative local sourcing model for cassava in Southern Sudan.
“Farm Africa knows that the key to ending hunger and growing prosperity in rural Africa is to act as a bridge between African smallholder farmers, the government and the private sector. Farm Africa brings different sectors together, building a dialogue and finding innovative sustainable solutions that increase the income of individuals and fi ts with the needs of business. We are working with SABMiller's South Sudan Beverages in South Sudan to provide a guaranteed market for cassava grown by local farmers effectively converting this crop from subsistence into a cash crop, so building incomes for farmers and improving the local economy. Farm Africa sees working together in partnership as vital in building a vibrant African economy and addressing the global challenge of food security.”
Nigel Harris, Chief Executive of Farm Africa