Feeding the community and ourselves through agriculture!
by Rya G. Kueworfrom RIO (Reufgee Integration Organisation)
Our solution has refugees farming on lands in and around the refugee camps. The idea incorporates leased land from the local refugee board and the local community. This allows refugees to farm organically and sell to their local community, thereby economically contributing to the local economy and making a living for themselves and their families at the same time.
What's the business opportunity for host and refugee community
Our solution addresses a direct community and society need. It feeds the camps and the local community. It creates employment for the refugees and members of the local community. This approach is already in use, and is small enough to manage, and there is already a general community acceptance that the refugees are not living off their host society and the country as a whole but are contributing to it.
How has it been implemented and what impact it had
It has been implemented with a greenhouse located within a refugee camp, as well as small gardens. They are locally managed by refugees and the produce is sold within the camps for a small profit. The impact is in being able to make a small living off the agricultural produce grown in the camps. The impact of a fully funded and expanded greenhouse and array of farmlands would greatly expand the already existing economic exchange from growing and selling agricultural produce.
Our Skills and Experience
We are a team of educators, researchers, analysts, and entrepreneurs who are frequent speakers at the World Economic Forum, former consultants for EPFL, and innovators and courseware developers across 4 African countries and in 4 international and local languages. We have worked in education, economic integration, and social inclusion for 7 years and in rural and marginalised communities.