African Academy for Vertical Farming

  • Tanzania
  • Kenya
  • Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Goal 1: End Poverty
  • Goal 13: Climat Action
  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 3: Good Health And Well-Being
  • Goal 2: Zero hunger
  • Goal 15: Life On Land

In brief

Allows the most vulnerable communities to access modern and climate-smart agriculture techniques, respectful of the environment.

The challenges

Three-quarters of the world’s poor live in rural areas and depend largely on farming. In Africa alone, agriculture accounts for 70 percent of the population’s income, and over 250 million people, farmers and their families suffer from hunger and malnutrition, struggling in extremely rural poverty without enough food, left behind by rising economic growth.

In Kenya and Tanzania, poverty contributes to a number of challenges within communities. For long, it has contributed to malnutrition among children, inability to access quality education among youths and children, poor housing, crime and violence, among others. Agriculture is a leading contributor to poverty reduction. Identifying ways to increase the productivity of farms is crucial to ensuring food security, increasing farmer income, and alleviating poverty.

Increasing food demand due to a growing population along with ever decreasing arable lands poses one of the greatest challenges facing us. We believe that vertical farming can be the answer to this challenge.

Vertical farming is the practice of producing food on vertically inclined surfaces. Instead of farming vegetables and other foods on a single level, such as in a field or a greenhouse, this method produces foods in vertically stacked layers commonly integrated into other structures like a skyscraper, shipping container or repurposed warehouse.

Action and Impact

AAVF acknowledges that vertical farming in its current state can provide access to fresh, safe, and sufficient food, independent of climate and location. We are therefore rolling out a community outreach programme in several countries in Africa with the goal of training the community on modern and climate-smart agriculture.

Our Vertical Farming Academy empowers as many people as possible to get into the wondrous world of Vertical Farming. By disseminating climate-smart agriculture techniques within the community, our programme harnesses the skills of vulnerable communities in order to advance their development through job creation and self-reliance while promoting food security.

Our outreach is tailored to cover simple nursery management techniques, crop husbandry, value additions, produce storages, marketing, pitching ideas and innovations, among others.With these modern techniques, entire communities learn how to survive and thrive, countless jobs are created, and families’ conditions improved.

We use a community-based approach to really understand the needs of each community. Our volunteers assess the needs by involving community stakeholders in the process, and together we find sustainable and equitable solutions to address such needs.

Our training academy started within various counties in Africa, with particular focus on marginalised areas. The voluntary outreach programme is piloted in Tanzania and Kenya, focusing on the slum areas around the capitals and in counties hosting marginalised communities, including in places with high rates of HIV infections.

As we develop the African network, we also believe that there must be a humanitarian aspect to our endeavours. Our vision is to leave no one behind. For example, we also work with children with special needs such as autism, to teach them agricultural skills in a society where they are often not accepted.

We work with amazing volunteers impacting lives as we visit the communities. However, our outreach programme must be accompanied by a small budget to facilitate the volunteers in terms of logistics depending on the location and outreach needs. This is why we need you to help us help them, in a sustainable way.

Tax deduction possible in the following countries : Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda

Partners : FAO

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