Agriculture in Africa has a massive social and economic footprint. More than 60 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is smallholder farmers, and about 23 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP comes from agriculture. However with increased climate change No continent will be struck as severely by the impacts of climate change as Africa. Given its geographical position, the continent will be particularly vulnerable due to the considerably limited adaptive capacity, and exacerbated by widespread poverty. Climate change is a particular threat to continued economic growth and to livelihoods of vulnerable populations.
Smart Tall Cafe through the AgroBamboo project is aiming at starting to engage farmers in Rwanda especially areas engaging in mining in order for them to get skills to plant bamboo and create a community of bamboo villages. They will also be taught on economic and environmental development. The project will focus on water retention on farms, reclamation of land, planting of bamboo, creation of bamboo nurseries, creating small and medium bamboo enterprises in the located areas, and use of organic methods of Agriculture. This is through introduction of bamboo that help in climate action and economic empowerment.
Planting bamboo is one of the best ways to help our environment. Bamboo is a crucial element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A grove of bamboo release 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. Because of this, planting bamboo is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and help fight global warming. A perfect selection for Going Green.
Bamboo is a great ‘Green Solution’. Bamboo is a wonderful replacement plants for trees with its short growth cycle and a high carbon dioxide exchange rate. Bamboo is a grass with 80 genera and over 1200 documented species. A mature grove of bamboo sends up new shoots every year. These new shoots reach their full size in just a couple months. Some grow 47 inches in 24 hours and can reach over 100 feet in height within 60 days. This short growth cycle makes it a great replacement for our slow growing forest that are being steadily cut back. It can provide erosion control when other plants wash away. It can screen out unsightly areas and provide a noise barrier in the process.
We develop nurseries in collaboration with farmer corporatives and both private and public sector for the key purpose of research, economic development and provision of the right species in areas we engage in
We support farmers in areas that are affected by impacts of climate change and also look at reclamation of land programs in collaboration with government in order to solve impacts of climate change at community
We do training for young artisans on product development thus jewellery, bags and crafts.
We have developed an online commerce platform to sell handmade bamboo products
Engaged 50 farmers in Kakamega County Kenya where they were trained on bamboo propagation methods and the benefit of bamboo in community development. 1000 seedlings were planted
Trained 30 young environmental activists in Nairobi on how they can use bamboo to solve aspects of climate change in relation to sustainable cities
Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. We offer a variety of opportunities for individuals and groups to get involved and make a difference in the lives of those we serve.