According to East Africa Community website- Agriculture is one of East Africa’s most important sectors, with about 80 per cent of the population of the region living in rural areas and depending on agriculture for their livelihood. The agricultural sector is dominated by smallholder mixed farming of livestock, food crops, cash crops, fishing and aquaculture. Our main focus being livestock, fisheries and Aquaculture, we have introduced new sustainable practices like off-grid cold chain solutions, cold-chain logistics, remote monitoring of aquaculture farms powered by IoT and renewable energy like solar, all this riding on a shared service model to reduce cost and lower entry barriers.
Livestock meat production contributes to 42% of the agricultural GDP. We intend to work with the livestock farmers access alternatives markets by providing- cold logistics to improve peer to peer business, eliminating the middle man and improving market access, In addition to other support services like inputs and monthly best practices from experts.
In the blue economy, Aquaculture provides an opportunity for increasing fish production and indirectly reducing the pressure on inland lakes fish stocks that are on the decline and dominated by young fish. The decline is partly attributed to the rapid growth of human population and fast growing regional and international market demand for fish.
FAO is warning that the East African countries and others on the continent face a sharp decline in fish catch unless they embrace sustainable fishing practices and respect the ecological balance in river and lake ecosystems.