Sub-Sahara Food and Nutrition Security

Investing to build farmers’ capacities in the water–energy-food nexus

Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) for Sub-Saharan Africa works to scale up and adapt best-practice farming models in the water–energy-food nexus. The project builds on the Agritech Rural Development Cluster (ARC) model already underway or planned for six West African Countries. Innovations in the business model bring together small-scale and family farmers for training and R&D towards sustainable methods which optimise production and affordable off-the-grid energy solutions. In particular, the project looks at how value moves through Agritech’s supply chain from raw material to commodity trading in Singapore.

In support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, local data and knowledge collection and scoring assess locally important indicators such as affordable energy, water and food availability, food utilization, skill sets, family income, and comparable primary and secondary education. This local scoring is also compatible with regional and global Economic and ESG indicators, including for better information on investment risk reward and projected economic growth. Further comparisons can be made with national and global indicators to evaluate and rank Agritech’s true value against the true value produced by its direct competitors.

In this way, Agritech investors consider Clarity’s True Value Initiative (TVI) will highlight the Group’s best practices for scaling up investment and improving entire West African economies.

Updated 2017 VHC

Click here for the article  ‘The True Value of Building Farmers’ Capacities in The Sahel’  Sarah Jones1, Willliam Kwende2 and David Elliot Johnson3, 2017
1 Clarity Secretariat
2 Agritech Group
3 Department of Economics, University College London