Food Security: A Growing Challenge Globally & an Immediate Challenge in the DRC
KITOKO Food Farm is a local solution for the DRC and a model for the world. The KITOKO FOOD farm is an innovative agricultural project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) designed to address the nation’s chronic food shortages and advance its agricultural and economic development by equipping Congolese with the tools and skills needed to increase their personal food security. Combining the resources and knowledge of its founders, KITOKO makes the most of the DRC’s ideal natural farming conditions by using cutting-edge agricultural technology and techniques, including industry best practices in efficient irrigation, fertilization, fertigation and sustainable farming methods.
The KITOKO project was the vision of Messer Dan Gertler, a philanthropist, Senior Advisor to the Fleurette Group and co-founder of the Gertler Family Foundation, and Gil Arbel, a renowned agronomist in Africa. It is operated jointly by the Fleurette Group and AGRIMINING SERVICES LIMITED with the extensive involvement of The Gertler Family Foundation, one of the largest charities in the DRC.
The KITOKO FOOD farm is the first of eleven farms to be established – one in each province of the DRC. It sits along the banks of the N’Sele River some 50 kilometers outside the capital of Kinshasa. KITOKO teaches modern, sustainable farming techniques to help the community overcome debilitating food deficits and become self-sufficient. It provides farmers with practical and hands-on training, seeds, farming tools, irrigation systems, fertilizers, and assistance in getting their crops to market. When fully built, KITOKO will farm on nearly 1200 acres of vegetables, fruit trees, fish farming, goats meat and milk farming, nursery for plans and trees, making a significant impact on the availability of fresh, quality food and protein in and around Kinshasa.
The KITOKO project promotes self-sufficiency and will create stability, wealth, and job opportunities for a new generation of farmers in the DRC. And, once fully realized, KITOKO will stand as a beacon to the world on the issue of global food security.