Unlike most industrial models that are centered around urban areas, our Factory Coming to the Farmer model locates its mini-factories in rural areas as close as possible to villages not only to keep raw materials within reach but also to preserve rural family structures. In sub-Saharan Africa, 50 million farmers depend on agricultural incomes. The sector generates an average of 25% of the GDP in many countries, thus agriculture holds the key to a broad-based economic growth in the region.
Rural poverty in many Sub Saharan African countries is as high as 62%. According to economic experts, in Sub Saharan Africa, agricultural growth is 11 times more effective in reducing poverty than growth of any other economic sector. By focusing exclusively on the agro sector we intend to make a major dent into poverty.
It is estimated that every minute, three children, five years old or younger die in Sub Saharan Africa due to causes related to malnutrition. Of the 293 million children worldwide who suffer from iron deficiency or anemia, 83 million (28%) live in Sub Saharan Africa representing 67% of all the children on the continent. Our grassroots malnutrition prevention and education programs in partnership with local institutions (churches, schools and hospitals) will eradicate this plague
Rural Exodus Mitigation
Factory Coming to the Farmer is a model designed to keep rural communities together on their lands while providing them with better economic opportunities. We concentrate our factories in rural areas to alleviate rural exodus and its consequences, such as shanty towns and gang violence in urban areas.
Already accustomed to traditional African farming techniques (no irrigation, compost fertilizers, no pesticides, no GMO), Our farmers are trained in climate-smart farming techniques.
Energy Sources for Factories
Our preferred energy sources are biomass and solar. We partner with such organizations as All Power Lab.