RE4AFAGRI seeks to support the sub-Saharan African smallholder farmers and communities to foster rural development, ensure food security, and grant community-wide access to energy services and water. The project combines integrated nexus modelling, business models development, capacity building activities, and in-depth stakeholder engagement activities.
Focus Groups with agriculture-energy-water stakeholders
The project is currently organizing several focus groups comprising of agriculture-energy-water stakeholders in several sub-Saharan African countries. Thus far, sessions aimed to tailor research methods for local results were held with Nigerian and Zambian stakeholders and a session with Rwandese stakeholders is being planned.
Taxonomy, data protocols and modelling work
A taxonomy of potential additional countries is being developed. In addition, bilateral focus groups with international development organizations are being planned. The project has also worked on the definition of data protocols and model integration strategies to ensure consistent, reliable assumptions in the modelling work and has begun collecting information to design business models tailored to the technological solutions investigated in the modelling and tailored to the different rural sub-Saharan African countries in question. capacity-building activities are scheduled to take place next year to link with existing open modelling communities in and for the African region.