As I think I have mentioned before, I'm schlepping off to Africa with a buddy in February to have one last great adventure before my kids put me in the home. Also to tell what is looking like a fantastic story.
Wallie Hardie's family has been farming successfully in the Red River Valley since his great grandfather settled here. His operation has done well growing corn, soybeans and grains, and now he wants to extend that success.I will start in South Africa and plan to visit with some farmers there, who are struggling with a nation in turmoil. Then on to Tanzania and Mozambique to see Wallie's farms.
So he's investing time, effort and money in Mozambique, some 9,000 miles away.
Betting that Africa will be a big player in future world food production, Hardie and others are part of Aslan Global Management, a for-profit corporation investing millions of dollars to develop farmland there.
The organization has gotten a lease from the Mozambique government on 25,000 acres and expects to have all the land in production within five years, growing primarily soybeans and corn. [More background]
If I can get decent data-streaming, I'll be posting pics or at least a narrative of my journey.
Meanwhile, I'll share all the background research I'm doing.