An Engagement for the post 2015 development agenda
The Congolese government, development partners and other stakeholders are using the ABP initiative to position the DRC to fully engage in the post 2015 development agenda.
The DRC government’s policy of putting agriculture at the centre of its development strategy will facilitate the efforts of reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. Years of conflict and alarming levels of young Congolese children suffering from malnutrition despite the fertile and abundant land were among the impetus of launching the ABP initiative. The government realized the need to address malnutrition was not only a social imperative, but also an economic one, given that these children comprise the nations human capital.
Another factor that jolted the Congolese government into action was the 2008 global financial crises that drove down the price of mineral goods. The Congolese economy is heavily reliant on the mining sector and was hit hard by the decline in prices. This prompted the government to get serious about diversifying the economy. Agribusiness was the perfect fit, unlike mining, which employs relatively few skilled labor, a large portion of the population is already engaged in farming and providing opportunities along the agricultural value chain will create employment and business opportunities for rural populations across the country.
The ABP strategy is also helping the Congolese government to better deal with the current slowdown in the global growth and trade as a result of current falling prices of raw material.