SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and infrastructure
Industrialization in East-Africa
East-Africa is experiencing a true industrialization drive. Many of the individual governments have made industrialization the spearhead of their policy, aiming to reach middle-income status or beyond. Yet this drive is stifled by a lack of access to the required capital and technology.
“Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive
and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”
Through innovation and by providing decades of combined expertise, FoodTechAfrica supports the development of the aquaculture industry. Key infrastructure to sustainably develop the entire sector has been build, including the first extruded floating fish feed mill in Nairobi. The production in aerated systems is a great example of innovation in infrastructure, successfully adapting a high-technology solution to the local context of East-Africa. Local sourcing of ingredients leads to further innovation and adds value to agriculture products. By exploring pioneering technological solutions in collaboration with local entrepreneurs, such as solar-based electricity systems or insects for fish feed, innovation is fostered. In turn, this innovation provides
market opportunities for business growth.
Case Study: The AquaCrop Booster
FoodTechAfrica developed the AquaCrop Booster, a system designed to benefit from the unique opportunities for circular innovation from controlled aquaculture.
By capturing and treating the nutrient rich waste water in the system, the affluent water can be used for irrigation of other crops in the integrated farming systems of East-Africa.
Trials show that this system significantly reduces fertilizer use. Moreover, the need for pesticides dropped significantly, as chemical fertilizers are replaced by a natural product.