Rwandan farmers embrace circular economy

07 February 2024 17:08

Kigali - The Circular Food Systems for Rwanda has announced the seven companies that will receive support through its SME Fund. The companies capture value at the stages of growing, distributing, and marketing food in the African country. The program aims to promote sustainable reusing and recycling of agricultural products in food supply chains.

Rwandan farmers and entrepreneurs are creating farm-to-table business models, recycling waste into compost that helps grow food, manufacturing affordable farm agricultural equipment, and adopting other circular economic practices in their southern African country.

These efforts are among the first to receive funding from the Circular Food Systems for Rwanda’s SME Fund, according to a recently issued press release. A three-year program that ends this year, Circular Food Systems for Rwanda aims to create more sustainable agriculture that reuses and recycles more materials in the country’s food supply chain.

The program aims to address a major challenge in Africa, where around 100 million people faced suffered serious food insecurity in 2020. At the same time, sub-Saharan Africa wastes around $4 billion worth of food annually – the same amount the region spends on food important and more than the total value of food aid it receives.

“Reducing food loss and waste is essential to achieve a sustainable food future in Africa and globally,” said Circular Food Systems for Rwanda. “We need to move towards circularity and zero-waste principles in all areas of the food value chain, from production to consumption.”

The SME Fund will provide technical assistance to the following companies: Africa Foods Supply, which partners with local markets in cities to provide consumers with fresh food; MNB, which recycles farm waste into food products; Next Farm, an agricultural subproduct company; Tech Adopter, a builder of inexpensive farm equipment; Glory Mixed Farm, where agropastoral farming is the specialty; Golden Insect, which grows insects and worms to facilitate composting; and the Kigasali Coffee Company, which employs more than 5,000 farmers but only women to select the best coffee beans. ce/jd

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