The need for a strong farmer movement in the DRC

The need for a strong farmer movement in the DRC
N°34

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, 65% – 70% of the population (over 50 million people) rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. It accounts for 46% of gross domestic product. The country is huge: it has about 800,000 square kilometres of arable land, of which only around 10% is exploited. The development potential of agriculture is therefore very important and yet, paradoxically, more than 75% of the population are undernourished. Given this situation, it is crucial that producers themselves can be involved and help define the outline of an effective agricultural policy and participate in its implementation.

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