The 3 stages of a scalable solution

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Stage 1 - Technology Solution

Address household’s Nutritional Need

Guiding Principles

Individuals must be able to grow their own food:

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No matter where they are;

2

No matter their level of knowledge; and

3

Individuals must be able to grow their own food no matter their financial circumstances.

Solutions

Therefore, our Africanised Hydroponics solution had to be:

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In compact kit form that can transport easily;

2

Simple to put together and use; and

3

Affordable with high yields.

The African Grower is a high-density, vertical growing system for urban and rural households developed in South Africa after many years of community work and experience. The African Grower Garden is a highly productive and water efficient growing system.


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Stage 2 - Systemic Socio-Economic Development (SED) Solution

Grow household’s confidence to achieve Food Security

What

Establishment of central support food hubs that can motivate and connect all the Home Growers.

How

1

Development of a Decentralised Home Growing (DHG) implementation method

2

Track and gather meaningful data using newly developed TouchAfrica App

DHG Implementation Method

The 4-step decentralized Home Growing model:
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Establishing Food Hubs - as a proof of concept for the growing technology

Partner with existing institutional structures such as schools and cooperatives to deploy African Grower systems and demonstrate to the surrounding community that the technology works.
2

Creating ‘agripreneurs’ - as stewards of the system

Upskill community members (especially women and youth) to use the technology as the basis for their own agri-businesses.
3

Creating networks of Growers – local food system

Supporting ‘Agripreneurs’ to spread and teach community members about the African Grower system and Home Growing model.
4

Supporting sustainable Home Growing

Supporting Hubs and Networks with ICT systems, training material & practical resources to sustain the Home Growing network and find ways to create further economic opportunities.

TouchAfrica

Providing the capability to gather meaningful data on household and individual level and remotely support Food Hubs and Home Grower networks with accurate, usable, and quality information.
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Stage 3 - Holistic Enterprise Development (ED) Solution

Generating income through a Food Enterprise Network

How

1

Assist Food Hubs to add Agri-Processing capability

2

Enabling Food Hubs to buy back surplus produce from the network of Home Growers

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Converting that produce into a value-added, marketable product
Our Wish…

Is to give every single food insecure household the opportunity to grow their own food and evolve into self sufficient households and communities that contribute to the socio economic development of our country

…join us in making this dream come true

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