21 September 2021. The DeSIRA project WE4F: Water and Energy for Food announced a new partnership with AlphaMundi Foundation. In order to scale water-energy-food (WEF) innovations and increase sustainable agricultural productivity, there is a need to focus on creating appropriated finance models to improve access to finance for SME’s.
Lucie Pluschke, WE4F Hub Manager in East Africa, GIZTogether with the AlphaMundi Foundation, WE4F will provide technical support to East African SMEs operating in the WEF nexus, strengthing and upscaling innovations for more productive and ecologically-sustainable food production. In partnership with not only the AlphaMundi Foundation, but also the AlphaMundi Group, WE4F will work with SMEs to provide technical assistance and result-based financing projects for sustained growth and increased impact. All while overcoming barriers to future investment and business growth.
The partnership builds on the Foundation’s success with the Powering Agricultural Investment Alliance to catalyze private sector financing for businesses providing clean energy solutions that increase agricultural productivity and value in emerging markets.
Christine Roddy, Executive Director, AlphaMundi Foundation
The partnership between WE4F and Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) in Ileret, Marsabit County in Kenya.
This RO system currently produces about 15 m³ of clean water that is used at the institute and for the hydroponic systems. Fresh vegetables are produced in the institute’s old greenhouses. The plants, which include lettuce, spinach, kale, tomatoes and much more. are the living proof that this type of horticultural production can work in a region as dry as Marsabit.
The hydroponic system helps protect the produce from environmental conditions that prevent conventional agriculture in the region. Additionally, TBI is currently setting up new, improved structures and shade nets to cater for the growing hydroponic production. Read more