Aldeia Nova Agricultural Cooperative Project

Angola, 2012

Aldeia Nova introduced an innovative, holistic model for cooperative farming communities, combining individual farms with centralized food processing, logistics and distribution, while stressing social development while creating new sources of income.

Project story

Developed, built and operated as a state-of-the-art community-based agricultural settlement, Aldeia Nova is the prototype for modern rural settlement. It combines agricultural production with large-scale centralized service facilities that support farmers by providing animal feed and mechanical equipment, along with produce processing, packaging and marketing tools.
In its 18 villages, Aldeia Nova is home to some 1,200 local farmers and their families. Each family receives a house, along with 2-3 hectares of land and a choice of poultry or cattle. This innovative concept, in which farmers support one another, is changing the face of agricultural communities in developing countries.

The process

Challenge

Aldeia Nova faced the challenge of introducing modern agricultural methods, while developing the ancillary services required to ensure steady income in return for the farmers’ efforts.

Approach

Because it came into being while Angola was still recovering from a protracted conflict, Aldeia Nova needed to implement an approach that would encourage former enemies to become good neighbors, able to live, work and cooperate with one another.

Solution

Combining small family farms with large-scale centralized services aimed at supporting the farmers in all their needs, thus creating the conditions for cooperation and success of the settlement.

Some numbers

SDGs we followed

Liters of milk per day turned into butter, cheese, ice cream and yoghurt

6K

Total egg production per day

250K

In conversation
with Koby Trivizki

Koby Trivizki is former CEO of Aldeia Nova.

Aldeia Nova combines agricultural production with service provision and social development. It operates large-scale centers that support a community of 800 farmers and approximately 3,000 people living in 15 villages. When I arrived here March 2012, we had to begin almost from scratch, rehabilitating all the existing infrastructures, starting with water and electricity. Our top priority was to resume egg production as quickly as possible.

Today we’re self-sustaining, producing corn and soya for livestock feed, while also raising chickens and cows. We produce dairy products, soya oil and other food products that are sold in supermarkets across the country.

This not only minimizes our need for imports. It also provides an important source for income for the villagers and has created an additional 700 direct jobs.

All the villagers take part in its work. And we’re in touch with each and every one of them.

The most important thing for me, and the roots of Aldeia Nova’s success, is our connection with the farmers and their families, because mutual trust is the basis of everything we do here.

"Mutual trust is the basis for everything we do here."

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