In most of the African countries, agriculture is synonym of subsistence farming. Agriculture provides the mainstay of the economy, employing close to four-fifths of the active population. There is no economic adjustment and people generate just enough income to eat and buy items crucial for their survival. Due to the desertification, farming has become increasingly difficult for local populations.
The lack of access to running water and electricity, Africa is alarming. Already suffering from deforestation, the rapid disappearance of forests due to high needs of wood supply is dramatically damaging the conditions of life.
The structure of the family and the community is made in such a way that only the first or second children get to have the farm they grew up in and land to cultivate. The remaining children, often 3 to 6 (Africa has the highest fertility rates in the world, with around 5 children per woman) have to leave their communities in search for opportunities to generate incomes. Sometimes, their cultivator skills provide them with jobs in nearby communities but often, they hope for a better future and try to get an education, relocating to other countries.
In the some regions, there is very little industry that is to say almost no other possibility than subsistence farming. In order to empower economically local community members, there is a fundamental need to complement subsistence farming. Introducing cash crop farming that will allow largest leftovers once the families are fed, and therefore the development of trade and the generation of a mean of income is a solution to compensate for the lack of opportunities. Another way to empower communities is to develop the local industry, allowing community members to diversify their activity and build up other ways to generate money.
Africa has very rich soils, regular rain seasons, and is nicknamed the sun continent. The need for electricity is huge, and there is plenty of working force available.
By introducing new agricultural products adapted to the environment, cash crop farming and develop the cottage industry, we can hopefully not only stimulate
To allow sustainable socioeconomic growth for everyone in subsistence farming areas.
Within the next 12 months, our vision is to evolve the existing method of generating economic growth in selected communities into an environment that:
- Promotes and nurtures economic development opportunities.
- Builds and maintains agriculture, complement subsistence farming, improves cash crop farming, and provides educational advancement on agricultural methods.
- Understands that the preservation of the social, familial and community identity has to start with the concept of economic empowerment at the roots level.
- Acknowledge that the local cottage industry approach must be a key part of any economic empowerment project to be successful.
- Values men and women as equal and strives to provide equivalent opportunities for both genders.
We are committed to improve cash crop farming in most parts of Africa regions, providing guidance and knowledge to local farmers with the community support in order to improve productivity by 80% and turn subsistence farming into a more export-oriented production.
Henri has three brothers, Koffi, Paul and Edem, and one sister, Sandra. Edem and Henri are the last ones, the twins. His sister is getting married soon with Eli, who owns the farm next to theirs. Henri and his brothers have been helping at the farm since their youngest age. Their dad taught them how to farm, grow, pick and process yams. They’re good at it, and the family has enough to eat. Henri’s two older brothers are going to have the farm when their father dies; it’s been agreed one year ago. Koffi and Paul will make a good job together.
The twins would have loved having the farm, but there is not enough work for all of them. Their initiation is next week, they are going to be introduced in the adult community and will have to leave their village afterwards. Leave to go farm elsewhere, leave and get and education in another country so they will hopefully find a job; they leave to survive. They wish they could have stayed. Be there at their sister’s wedding. They wish to live with their parents, stay with their siblings, and Stay In Their Culture.
If it wasn’t for the lack of opportunities, they would never have leaved. If the village wasn’t surviving on subsistence farming, and had cash crop farming, they would have stayed. Koffi and Paul would have produced, Edem processed and Henri would have sold the production.
Because Henri and all the Henris in communities relying on subsistence farming deserve a chance to stay with the people they love and in the community they grew up with, we are introducing the culture of cash crops.
Because introducing tea cash crops means job opportunities, community cohesiveness, and preservation of family and social identity.