OUR PROGRAM MODEL
The first step in solving any problem is to recognize it; and to do that, we need to rethink what waste is. This is what waste is to us: Inefficient planting and land management, Agricultural byproducts and residual biomass, Spoilage from an inability to preserve or transport food to market and Crop destruction due to pests and lack of fertilization. Ending waste is We Farm Africa's primary focus.
Cutting back on waste means improving farmers' access to more efficient equipment and educating farmers on their benefits. Micro loans are proven to be an effective way to help improve the lives of small subsistence farmers. Access to transportation, storage and means of crop treatment all play a critical role in increasing farmers' yield and profit.
After harvest, farmers often burn the dry biomass (fibrous leaves, spend palm kernels, rice husks etc.) left in their fields. However, research shows that this dry material can be converted into charcoal briquettes and supply the farmers and their communities with a much needed fuel that can be used for cooking and drying food. We at We Farm Africa believe that this also adds value back into the farms as it gives farmers another product to sell.
20 Percent - Is the increase in productivity when female farmers have equal access to technology and education.
80 Percent - Is the African population engaged in farming.
200 Percent - Is how much better farming investment is at reducing poverty than investing in any other industry.
$3 - Is how much the average farmer in West Africa earns in a day.
Here's What We Know:
We Farm Africa believes that investing in farming is pivotal to reducing poverty. But investing money is half the solution; the other half comes from a plan. That's why We Farm Africa developed a plan to focus on a major aspect of farming that is often overlooked: Waste.
Our plan is to: Rethink, Reduce and Reuse waste.