We support small holders with training, seeds and services and buy their harvest for a fair price. After processing their products into healthy flour, we sell the product and give communities a social return of 20% of our benefits. With our concept we have social, economic and environmental impact as shown at this page.
The whole grain consumption for people above 25 years of age is 4.08 grams per person in Sudan and 29.39 grams on average in the world.
This is the estimated mean daily consumption of whole grains (bran, germ, and endosperm in their natural proportion from breakfast cereals, bread, rice, pasta, biscuits, muffins, tortillas, pancakes, and other sources).
More info about healthy diets: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/healthy-diet
With agroforestry we enable small holders to grow their own grains and guar between their acacia trees. We process the harvest into healthy flour from which the people can make bread for their daily healthy diet.
Adding temperature increases already observed in Sudan with predicted increases through 2039, most of the area shown above will experience an increase of between 0.5° C and 1.3° C from 1960 to 2039.
During roughly the same time that these trends in temperature and rainfall have made rain-fed agriculture less secure, the population of Darfur has roughly tripled.
Yearly we plant new trees and maximize the green deck with growing crops in between the trees. Especially the acacia tree grows very well in dry soil and with high temperatures. In a forest these trees causes more rain and temperature to drop,
Social: Most farmers are above 50 years and youth are leaving villages. With the introduction of agroforestry and implementing innovative technology, modern ways of farming are introduced. This has the huge potential to bring back youth to undertake more commercialized farming in their own villages. This may also help loosen patriarchic structures prevalent in traditional rural societies.
In the historical predominant male culture, the role of women is increasing in Sudan. Fair Agro Food uses gender equality for the new jobs. In Darfur many families lost men due to the war. Currently some farmers and cooperatives are female. Fair Agro Food contracts these cooperatives and help them to prove their potentials in the work field. Technology innovations will give them the opportunity to get good positions between the other farmers.
The project will further promote knowledge dissemination both about gum acacia production and modern agroforestry systems in training sessions for both women and men.
Economic: Income for most farmers depend on the gum acacia. By applying a new system of agroforestry farmers get a second source of income. Food security improves because they can grow different crops and vegetables. Working with Fair Agro Food means they get a fair price for their products and they can rely on the services. Also, the work in cleaning and processing factories leads to many job openings.
From the benefits of Fair Agro Food a part returns to the communities building water systems, hospitals, and schools.
Environmental: Fair Agro Food promote environmentally sustainable production practices through the adoption of organic farming, use of ecologically friendly soil fertility techniques and no use of chemical inputs.
Each new hectare will be planted with acacia trees. The increased planting of trees is expected to result in more rains which – in a dry climate found in Sudan – will benefit people, animals and plants/trees alike. Studies show that 10 square meter green deck should replace 1 kg of CO2.
In 2015 the United Nations came with 17 Goals to transfer the world. With our work we impact directly and indirectly most of these goals. The goals direct impacted are:
In several rural areas there is lack of wheat and food. We help to put the land back in use. With our agro-forestry system people can grow crops under the acacia trees. The grains will give them bread. The soil is more fertile because of the guar and that gives them opportunities to grow all kind of vegetables and fruits.
2,4 million children are acutely malnourished. One of the reasons is lack of healthy and high fiber food.
As basis crop in our concept we grow guar between the acacia trees. Guar is a high fiber bean and very healthy for people and animals. We process the guar to food powder and mix it with the flour. This gives high fiber bread which is very good for the health of the people.
In the historical predominant male culture, the role of women is increasing in Sudan. We use gender equality for the new jobs in our factories and in the field. In Darfur many families lost men due to the war. Currently some farmers and cooperatives are female. We work closely together with them to give an opportunity to be successful.
25% of the youth is unemployed. There is a lack of service like water, health and education.
In our innovative concept and new ways of farming we use youth to make them enthusiastic again about the work in the farming. Our social return is 20% of our benefits. This is used for the services in the communities and it will boost their economic growth.
Most of the 7 million acacia tree farmers use traditional ways of farming. This includes sowing and harvesting by hand and using old utilities (like an ax). A majority of raw materials is exported abroad.
We believe in short supply chains and adding value at the start of the chain. We use innovative ways of agriculture and train the farmers using that. Near to the farmers we process the products to maximize the value in the chain at an early stage.
Working with small holders in Sudan means working with the community. Women, men, children are interested in what is going on. Training is in public and attracts many other listeners.
When some small holders gain from their income, this benefits immediately the community. From our social return communities get water wells, can build latrines, use it for a clinic or can start their primary school.
People in communities are very happy working with us. It gives new hope for their youth and the future.