Working with a local Congolese farming cooperative, Coopérative pour la Promotion de la Culture du Maïs (COOPROMA), CADS is assisting in improving food security and incomes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ruzizi Valley. By sharing technology and research on agriculture we are creating new opportunities in agricultural and associated sectors.
Persistent conflict in North and South Kivu provinces has led to sharp declines in agricultural output in the Ruzizi Valley. As a result, malnutrition is now a significant issue in an area once known as the ‘rice-bowl of the Congo.’ CADS is working to reverse these trends.
Since 1998, the war’s impact on malnutrition and disease has lead to over 5.4 million avoidable deaths in eastern Congo, with an additional 45,000 lives claimed every month – an estimated 1,500 dying every day from malnutrition and related illnesses. For more information on the ongoing conflict in eastern Congo, as well as the role of consumer electronics and minerals in fueling the war, please visit the Conflict Minerals page.
At CADS, we are committed to improving the lives of people living in the Congo’s Ruzizi Valley and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa. To achieve these goals, we are supporting agricultural and income-generating projects that will provide the foundations for long-term development.