Corteva Agriscience™, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, opened its official North West Africa and West Central Africa (NWAF and WCAF) regional headquarters in Casablanca, Morocco. The Casablanca office will act as Corteva Agriscience’ s business centre for customers, partners and consumers in the markets of Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Niger, Tunisia, Togo and Senegal. The division is focused on bringing farmers the right mix of seeds, crop protection and digital solutions to maximize their yields and improve their profitability in these markets.
This development brings the number of Corteva Agriscience offices in Africa to four, with other offices operational in Cairo, Johannesburg and Nairobi.
“Moroccan agriculture has made great progress in terms of modernisation and diversification and this made it a strategically sound location for the regional headquarters of Corteva Agriscience. This is a natural recognition of Morocco’s role as the agricultural hub for the North West Africa and West Central Africa regions,” said Prabdeep Bajwa, Corteva Agriscience president of Africa and the Middle East.
Corteva Agriscience has developed some of the best talent, technology, innovation and research and development capabilities that will uniquely position it to transform the food system by helping farmers grow better, more abundant and healthier crops using fewer natural resources. The NWAF and WCAF commercial area currently serves the cocoa, cotton, rice, corn, banana, vegetables, tea and cereal markets.
The commercial area will be managed by experienced industry veteran, Alain Pescay, who will be supported by local experts, knowledgeable about the region’s food security needs and farmer demands.
“The opening of the Casablanca office is an exciting opportunity to develop and strengthen our partnership with farmers, the authorities, public and private actors in the agricultural sector, in Morocco and the other countries in NWAF and WCAF markets,” said Pescay. “We look forward to working with all stakeholders in the food system to provide a safe supply of healthy food,” he said.
Corteva Agriscience brings together DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences to create a stand-alone agriculture company with leading market positions in seed technology, crop protection and digital agriculture. In Africa and the Middle East, Corteva Agriscience will continue to invest in some of the most recognised, premium brands in agriculture, such as Pioneer®, and PANNAR® seed brands, as well as award-winning crop protection products that help farmers maximise crop yields while protecting the environment.
In addition to new hybrids in corn, sunflower, and new seed traits, several new active ingredients have been registered for crop protection, including Spinetoram, Isoclast™, Arylex™, Rinskor™, Inatreq™, Zorvec™ and Optinyte™ which are among some of the game-changing products to be launched between now and 2021. The crop protection products are developed to reduce risks and increase farmer control over pests, weeds, and diseases; at the same time they are environmentally-conscious.
The Casablanca office will be supported by company headquarters for Africa and the Middle East in Pretoria, South Africa. “With more than 60 countries, Africa and the Middle East is diverse and complex. Our regional structure is geared towards being closer to farmers and so that we can serve them in the way they want to be served, allowing us to build strong relationships with them and channel partners on the ground,” said Bajwa.
The business has been active in Africa for more than 60 years and supports a broad range of crops, a wide range of farm sizes in various stages of technology adoption and a range of economic and market conditions. Its large footprint allows Corteva Agriscience™ to deliver solutions for farmers, deliver products and services that will continue to move the industry forward. – Press release