Cargill in Zambia
Cargill has been present in Zambia since 2006 and is based in Lusaka and Chipata. The company is active in grain and oilseeds and cotton sourcing and trading, providing market access to commercial farmers as well as small-scale farmers for their crops. In 2015 Cargill launched a mini maize mill in Chipata, providing rural and urban farmers with a reliable, consistent market for their maize as well as producing competitively priced mealie-meal for the consumer.
In 2015 Cargill acquired an integrated soybean oil crush, refinery and bottling business in Lusaka, further enabling the company to provide both small scale and commercial farmers with market access for their products, as well as providing soybean meal to the animal nutrition industry.
- grain, oilseed trading and distribution
- cotton sourcing and trading
- soybean crush, oil refinery and bottling
2015 Cargill acquires Zamanita Ltd, a soybean crush, oil refinery and bottling business in Lusaka.
2015 Cargill builds a mini maize mill in Chipata, Eastern province and produces a maize meal brand, providing locally sourced and produced maize meal for local communities.
2008 Cargill opens a grain and oilseed trading office in Lusaka, capital city of Zambia.
2008 Cargill acquires Afgri’s cotton ginning business in Southern Africa, this includes gins in Zambia.
Corporate responsibility is part of everything we do. We collaborate with organisations around the world to improve nutrition and health of those in our communities, provide access to education, encourage responsible stewardship of natural resources, foster sustainable economic development and promote responsible business practices in our supply chain.
Across Zambia, Cargill supports programmes that improve agricultural practices, provide essential financial and technical support, offer better access to crop inputs and help farmers increase their incomes. In Zambia we participate in the Cotton Made in Africa (CMiA) program, which aims to improve agricultural practices and increase yields by 34 percent for 265,000 cotton farmers. We have committed all our cotton growing areas in Zambia to the program. Our network of over 1,600 farmer training schools and marketing groups are supporting over 70,000 farmers. In 2015, 200 active women clubs benefited by participating in the Cargill input scheme. The women clubs are specifically helping overcome the cultural and social barriers that many female farmers face.
We are encouraging conservation agricultural practices in Zambia by helping farmers to adopt better field crop management, practice minimum tillage, integrated pest management, crop rotation, and more efficient usage of inputs such as fertilizer. We have distributed over 1,000 ox drawn rippers to improve soil fertility, helped plant 150,000 Glilicidia tree seedlings which act as natural fertilizer’s in farmers’ fields, and helped set-up over 3,000 molasses traps to act as a natural pest management tool. We are also participating in a multi-stakeholder initiative to support better land management and conserve forest areas in the Eastern Province of Zambia.
We are providing clean water in communities that have poor or limited access to safe drinking water. In Zambia, we have provided 530 Hippo Water Rollers to collect, store and transport water more efficiently. These durable rolling barrels transport 90 liters of water, four times the amount carried by bucket. We have also built fresh water wells in Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe to provide a safe, clean water supply for communities.
Cargill Zambia, 2009 Ltd.
PO Box 510274
Cargill Oil Crush & Refinery