The increase in food needs correlated with climate change implies turning to a more sustainable food production system integrating the efficient use of resources such as water and energy.
The Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) program in West Africa aims to support innovators in the following nine countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo.
The innovations sought will help boost food production and increase the income of small-scale farmers by contributing to water and energy savings and environmental protection.
The main objectives of the WE4F West Africa cluster are:
- The large-scale dissemination of environmentally friendly and water and energy efficient innovations for the different stages of the agri-food value chain;
- The strengthening of technical and commercial skills of entrepreneurs to allow an increase in their turnover;
- Facilitating access to financing mechanisms for entrepreneurs;Improving the effectiveness of public policies and the legibility of frameworks to promote innovations in the agri-food sector;
- The exchange of experiences at different levels encouraging the sharing of lessons learned and success factors between entrepreneurs but also with other professionals