Promoting socially and environmentally sustainable social enterprise

Agriculture

Generating major pro-poor benefits especially for smallholder farmers

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Health

Improving affordable access to healthcare for poor people

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Infrastructure

Improving access to affordable infrastructure services for poor people

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Technology

Adoption of new technologies to improve livelihoods

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Agricultural Growth and Poverty Reduction in Africa: The Case for Patient Capital

This paper explains the rationale for patient capital and how it can be deployed to support growth of sustainable agriculture and generate major benefits for rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

EfD is supporting the expansion of TIST

TIST (The International Small Group and Tree Planting Programme) engages small groups of subsistence farmers in improving their farms including the planting and maintenance of trees. The carbon captured in these trees is quantified and certified greenhouse gas credits are sold through the global carbon market, with the farmers receiving 70% of the profits. The model offers a sustainable and scalable model to improve the livelihoods of subsistence farmers, while improving biodiversity and reversing the effects of deforestation.

EfD is providing technical support for the expansion of the TIST model within sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years.

More information on TIST and the proposed expansion can be accessed here.

Interested parties are welcome to contact EfD.

EfD announces support for techfortrade’s Open Book Trading initiative

EfD has agreed to support the continued expansion of the Open Book Trading initiative, an online trading service for agricultural produce.

See here for more information.

ColaLife Case Study

EfD has released a new case study on ColaLife, an independent non-profit organisation focused on the distribution through participative approaches of health commodities, such as ORS, zinc, vitamin A, water purification methods, and other medicines or social products.

The case study provides an overview of the ColaLife, how the business has grown to date, and how it intends to scale up over the coming years.

Linkage Africa Case Study

EfD has prepared a case study documenting the lessons learned from Linkage’s pilot scheme. Linkage is a vegetable brokerage enterprise working with smallholder farmers in Nakuru, Kenya. The pilot scheme was implemented between July-December 2014.