Together with smallholders in remote villages in Northern Province of Sierra Leone, we plant forests exactly where they used to disappear 30 to 40 years ago. These new born forests provide food and income for people, shelter for wildlife and they help to preserve the Earth’s climate. The project is 1400 hectares in the first step and far more community owned land is accessible for project extension. We can provide land ownership documentation and long term contracts.
Africa’s small farmers are our most important cooperation partners. They grow nature-positive products, we invest in seeds, grant fair loans and ensure that the harvest grows year after year. All project activities are planned, managed and done by and with the indigenous communities. This means we can ensure acceptance, commitment and real impact according to the requirements of the local people.
Worldwide, 400 million tonnes of cashews are produced every year, well over half of which come from Africa. However, only a fraction is processed in Africa. The same applies to other products. We process directly on site, create jobs and will invest in solar energy for processing. The stack of machines, tools and equipment will be a mix of low tech, high tech and manual work so that we can achieve efficiency and create jobs especially for women at the same time. The installations will also provide electricity in rural Sierra Leone.
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We are looking for strategic investors ideally from the food industry. We can both provide carbon credits for them as well as a sustainable and nature positive supply chain. Investors will support various SDGs, comply with future supply chain regulations and they will be able to meet the growing demand for sustainable food products.