Farmers Assistance Programme and feasibility study for a large-scale farming project in Katanga Province, DRC
We were contracted by MMG Kinsevere Mine in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as project managers for establishing a Farmers Assistance Programme and a conducting feasibility study for a large-scale farming project in Katanga Province.
The programme included the establishment of a community Farmers Assistance Programme. A GIS database was set up to capture and map community farmers within the area of influence of a large copper mine, and as a monitoring and management tool to spatially demonstrate the impact of the programme on local communities. In addition, this assignment included a due diligence study, a scoping study and a feasibility study of the proposed Large-Scale Farming Project, which led to the development of the Farmers Assistance Programme Optimisation Plan. The feasibility included the assessment and development of a business plan for a 500 hectare commercial grain farm in the Katanga Province. Responsibilities included Project management of the both the project itself and the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), public participation, coordination of specialist studies, identification of impact mitigation measures and presentation of findings and compilation of the bankable business plan. Finally, recommendations were made in the feasibility study on ensuring the long-term viability and success of the programme.