Case | HBS Case Collection | December 2013 (Revised April 2014)

Seeding Growth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

by Ray Goldberg, Carin-Isabel Knoop and Djordjija Petkoski


By 2013, the agricultural sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) had long suffered from war, political instability, and dilapidated infrastructure. A country with 75 million inhabitants and the second lowest GDP per capita in the world in 2011, the DRC's most pressing task was to grow its agriculture sector and cultivate its 80 million hectares of fertile land. This case explores how a developing country could create a comprehensive strategy to implement the necessary institutional, political, and social frameworks needed to support sustainable agricultural developments and rise out of long-term poverty.

Keywords: National Agricultural Investment Plan (PNIA); developing agriculture; World Bank; poverty reduction; Special Economic Zones (SEZs); small-scale farmers; Agricultural Business Parks; infrastructure; economic growth; agriculture reform; Agribusiness; Economic Growth; Infrastructure; Agriculture and Agribusiness Industry; Africa; Congo, Democratic Republic of the;


Goldberg, Ray, Carin-Isabel Knoop, and Djordjija Petkoski. "Seeding Growth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo." Harvard Business School Case 914-401, December 2013. (Revised April 2014.)