Chobe Agrivision

Increasing capacity of maize, wheat and soya bean farming in Zambia

Country: Zambia

Type of investment: Wheat, maize and soy farm

Use of Proceeds: Irrigation equipment, land and ancillary equipment

Financial close: October 2011

Tenor: 5 years + extended by additional 5 years

Type of Investment: Capital Expenditure Financing

S&E Category: B

In October 26th, 2011, AATIF made its first investment of USD 10m into the Zambian maize, wheat and soya bean farming operation - Chobe Agrivision, which is part of the larger Agrivision Africa agribusiness. Agrivision Africa is a vertically integrated agribusiness focused on cultivating and processing staple food crops in Zambia. The company operates out of two farming hubs, namely Mkushi (Central Province) and Somawhe (Copperbelt Province). While the business started off as a pure grower of maize, wheat and soy it has over the years forward integrated and now includes local processing operations.

AATIF’s investment supports the operations of Chobe Agrivision by increasing its local production and processing capacities thus enabling it to contribute to local food security both in Zambia and in the Democratic Republic of Congo where 15% of its produce is being sold. Further, the investment puts a keen focus on quality employment by providing quality housing to permanent staff, hiring employees from local universities, providing on the job training and further promoting highly skilled employees to farm managers from within its own workforce.

Lastly, a critical component of AATIF's’ funding was the long-term tenor (10 years in total) which is crucial for such farming operations, but often still not accessible through local financial institutions. Patient capital like this can enable farming operations to sustainably grow local production, overcoming periods of drought which are common in this region.

Primary agricultural production

5,772

Hectares of soya

cultivated in Mkushi and Somawhe farms

3,494

Hectares of wheat

cultivated in Mkushi and Somawhe farms

782

Hectares of maize

cultivated in 2018 in Mkushi and Somawhe farms

Local processing

70,000

MT Annual processing capacity for maize

26,000

MT Annual processing capacity for wheat

Number of employees

190

Female employees for Somawhe, Mkushi and Mpongwe Mill

900

Male employees for Somawhe, Mukshi and Mpongwe Mill

Chobe Agrivision has a workforce of 1,090 employees, with 190 female employees (18%) and 900 male employees (82%). Of the female employees, 48 are fixed term workers while 142 are casuals, while of the male employees, 555 are fixed term workers and 345 are casuals.

  • Figures are based on latest available self-reported data by investees and data collected by AATIF’s collaboration partners
  • Figures are subject to change as and when additional information becomes available
  • Figures reported here are not replacing rapid appraisals / impact evaluations that are done in addition