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AB InBev | June 4, 2020

BanQu App Keeps Cassava Farmers Safe During COVID-19

Man stands smiling in a cassava field.

BanQu’s automated payment and tracking system was introduced by Zambian Breweries to local farmers just in time.

Zambian Breweries is poised to safeguard and protect its source of cassava during the COVID-19 outbreak by empowering small-scale farmers with stringent precautionary measures and the BanQu app.

Zambian Breweries agriculture manager Chris Nicolle explained:

“Zambian Breweries [will] pay cassava farmers through mobile money to prevent them from handling cash during the COVID-19 outbreak…through its Chembe BanQu automated payment system, which makes it easier for farmers to receive their money after selling cassava, through its partners MTN and Airtel Mobile money platforms.”

Using digital technology for communication, payments, and e-learning is the best way to keep farmers and employees social distancing while maintaining the supply chain at the source. Zambian Breweries is also providing farmers with facemasks, hand sanitizer, disinfection of buying sites, informational posters, and handwashing stations to prevent the spread of the virus.

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