AGCO-Your Agriculture Company, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions, on January 22, 2019, in Berlin signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to implement a joint agricultural project in Africa, according to a release from the company.
The release said the potential project is subject to further talks, but the aim is to make measurable contributions to increasing agricultural productivity and skills development, thereby boosting income and employment in African rural households.
Martin Richenhagen, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AGCO, and Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective institutions.
“We expect that the collaboration between the BMZ, an important institution for international cooperation on agricultural projects, and AGCO, one of the world’s largest producers of farm machinery, will trigger significant synergies. We both seek to foster mechanization to facilitate sustainable agriculture,” Richenhagen said.
The release further quoted him as saying that the mechanization activities of both BMZ and AGCO are designed to contribute to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in order to eradicate extreme poverty and end hunger by 2030. It further explained that the goals also aim to double the agricultural productivity of small-scale food producers, ensure sustainable food production, and implement resilient agricultural practices.
“With the 2030 Agenda and SDG as a globally binding framework for action, cooperation between the German Development Ministry and the private sector is becoming increasingly important,” commented Dr. Müller. “The close involvement of companies in joint measures enables private sector know-how and resources to be used for development policy goals. A world without hunger is possible if we join forces,” he added.
AGCO is a member of the Grow Africa initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF) as well as the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition of the G8. The company contributes to the New Vision for Agriculture goals of the WEF, to provide food security for all people in an environmentally-sustainable way, while generating economic growth and opportunity. AGCO’s newly-launched Farm in a Box initiative, which provides a package of essential farm equipment, together with the crucial support mechanisms, is the company’s latest innovative solution to promoting farm mechanization in Africa.
The BMZ provides companies with financial and technical support for joint projects. The partnership enables companies to make effective and efficient contribution to the implementation of development objectives within the framework of their business activities. With its special initiative ‘One World – No Hunger,’ the BMZ is a strong supporter of agriculture and rural development through its Green Innovation Centers in African and Asian countries,” the release concluded.