Louis Dreyfus Company is present in the Limpopo region through Progress Milling, a maize mill sourcing directly from 14,000 local smallholder maize farmers. Leveraging LDC’s presence and expertise, the Foundation works with TechnoServe to implement a training program for local maize farmers. Targeting yield improvements through sustainable agriculture best practice, the program aims to help farmers move from subsistence farming to a more sustainable, business-oriented approach, and to encourage local youth to take up maize farming as a way to alleviate food insecurity and poverty. The program also has a special focus on women, who represent over 60% of Limpopo’s agricultural workforce, in an effort to reduce the yield and income gender gap.
228 female farmers were trained in 9 theoretical and practical modules covering economics, legal matters, marketing and agri-technologies and methods.
A farmer’s cooperative (comprising 30 female trainees) has been set up.
About our partners
Louis Dreyfus Company is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods, leveraging its global reach and extensive asset network to delivery for its customers around the world – safely, responsibly and reliably.
TechnoServe is an organization established in 1968 that has successfully used a private enterprise approach to assist low-income people in the developing world to build and strengthen sustainable agriculture-based businesses, industries, and the enabling environment, catalysing competitive, market-led development.