AFRICA’S AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY
‘Boosting Africa’s agricultural productivity is the “combined responsibility” of both Africans and their development partner, Living Water Is Corporation.
Organic certification is a certification process for producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products. In general, any business directly involved in food production can be certified, including seed suppliers and farmers.
Requirements vary from country to country, and generally involve a set of production standards for growing, storage, processing, packaging and shipping that include:
- No human sewage sludge fertilizer used in cultivation of plants or feed of animals
- Avoidance of synthetic chemical inputs not on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (e.g. fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, etc.), genetically modified organisms, irradiation, and the use of sewage sludge;
- Use of farmland that has been free from prohibited synthetic chemicals for a number of years (often, three or more); In Europe, the total available land is only 4%.
- Keeping detailed written production & sales records (audit trail);
- Maintaining strict physical separation of organic products from non-certified products;
- Undergoing periodic on-site inspections.
Regulatory Certification is a potential barrier to entry for small African producers, by burdening them with increased costs, paperwork, and bureaucracy. The private farmer-to-farmer association, Certified Naturally Grown, offers a “non-profit alternative eco-labeling program for small farms that grow using USDA (Department of Agriculture) Organic methods but are not a part of the USDA Certified Organic program.”
The program is operated in the United States by a non-profit corporation, Certified Naturally Grown Ltd. Certified Naturally Grown standards are based on the USDA National Organic Program standards. Farmers are not normally permitted to use the word “organic” to describe their products.
We will provide the quality control necessary to assure our produce meets with “organic” regulations.
We will manage 21 heavy duty cargo tricycles. These cargo tricycles will be used to move heat sensitive cash crops including fish all along the 120 km distance to a major city center within several hours. Our waiting refrigerated container truck will travel to a major port city. Alternatively this produce will be held in our cold storage facility.
The Storage Facility
The storage facility will be located on the southeast side of Kampala nearest the port and closest to a busy market area. Some of our consumers are wholesale vendors who buy in bulk locally.
Our market facilities provided include secured sheds, storage, carts for transport, and other basic social infrastructure and services. Farmers’ produce is brought to the market and sold by auction. The buyer is then required by law to purchase the farmer’s produce at the auction price. The farmer has the right to reject the auction price by refusing to sell. The farmer can then store his produce for up to month in facilities available at the market.
Our storage facility will be built on lease-to-purchase land. We will begin with a series of 20 foot refrigerated storage units.
We will build a modern refrigerated storage hangar: 40 m wide, 140 m long and 11 m high.
HELPING SOLVE THE WORLD’S CARBON POLLUTION
New Trees are the only solution to soaking up Carbon Dioxide:
500 trees/hectare will yield 50 tons of Carbon from branches and weeds or (50 tons x ⅓) 16.7 tons of CO2 emission absorption: each tree absorbs 65.6 lbs of CO2 /year from its biochar.
On a 1.5 acre farm of 300 trees:
- There will be 10 tons/year of CO2 emission absorption: at the rate of $15/ton, the Net Present Value (NPV) is $150/year (at the rate of $100/acre).
- The Carbon Tax Fund can support 300 trees for a total cost of $150/year for a period of 25 years plus an initial $450:
- There will be 300 trees with a NPV of $0.50: at the rate of $15/ton, the Net Present Value (NPV) is $150/year.
- Add $1.00/tree for reporting and auditing for 25 years (that’s a one-off total – not per year): $300 to be monitored by Living Water MicroFinance Inc. for 25 years.
There is a stipulation that all biomass on the 1.5 acre farm will be converted to biochar every year. The calculations for one acre is $100/year for biochar support of 200 trees and $300 initial support for the NPV of 200 trees ($100) and the reporting and auditing over 25 years ($200).
This Carbon Tax Fund Support will be converted into microfinance assistance. Each $150/farm/year will be recycled nine times for a total of $1,350. This fund will be made available to other farmers who need support before the orchards become productive after 18 months.
The women farmers and their families maintain this agroforest farms by planting vegetable like yam in between the new tree seedlings. The microfinance loan is due after the harvest. The original fruit and nut tree seedlings along with nitrogen fixing trees are supplied by Today’s Tall Tree Nursery.
The tree nursery funding will be supported by $300 NPV and Biochar charges/acre. The $80,000 Today’s Tall Tree Nursery will be supported by 267 acres or 106 hectare (0.4 square miles).
Our Mission: to help solve the problem of carbon dioxide build up in the world by growing and managing mature forests of foliage, fruit and nut trees that eventually are used in lumber — not firewood. The Carbon Tax Fund supports a Micro finance initiative to support women farmers and their families who will nurture these trees over their lifetime. The Net Present Value of each tree is $1.49 plus maintenance for 25 years.
- An Irrigation System: NORTHydro.com
- A Rabbit and Fish Farm: AfriCAPITALISM.us
- The Charitable Arm: SunnyUp.net
- God’s Loveletters: Godloveletters.com
- Thunder of Justice: ThunderofJustice.com
- Microfinance for women: LivingWaterMicroFinance.org