Solidaridad Eastern & Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC)

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Solidaridad operates across East and Central Africa in agricultural, industry and mining supply chains. We work with farmers, producers, miners, the public and private sectors and development partners. Through a combination of boots-and-brains on the ground, interactive dialogue, community-based initiatives and public-private partnerships, we champion sustainable supply chains.

WHAT WE DO

With almost 1000 staff, we work in over 40 countries worldwide to create fair and sustainable supply chains. Inspired by 50 years of solidarity with under-resourced producer communities, we enable farmers, miners and workers to earn a decent income, shape their own future, and produce in balance with nature.

MAKING SUSTAINABILITY EVERYONE’S FIRST CHOICE

As a global organization with boots and brains on the ground, we work throughout supply chains to make genuine sustainability the norm. A norm that’s informed and co-designed by the producers themselves, not dictated by the powerful companies that dominate global industries.

We optimize the situation both on-farm and along the chain by introducing ‘planet-proof’ use of natural resources, increased sustainable production with a strong focus on circularity and with improved economic outlook.

To prevent further degradation of soils, we support farmers transitioning towards more resource-efficient, circular, and regenerative production methods. To protect our water quality, we support them to improve water quality, reuse wastewater, and minimize the release of hazardous chemicals from agriculture. For clean air, we organize learning and exchange on how to reduce harmful emissions, disposals and toxins in production.

To mitigate the effects of climate change, we promote ways of agriculture that sustainably increase productivity, enhance adaptive capacity, and reduce or remove greenhouse gas emissions where possible. We also promote climate smart practices that store more carbon dioxides, for example by using tree cover practices. We promote circular approaches to agriculture and help farmers to decrease their dependency on pesticides and antimicrobials, reduce excess fertilisation, increase organic farming, improve animal welfare, and reverse biodiversity loss.

To achieve more decent working conditions in agriculture, industry and mining – with fair payment, we offer training to governments, mines and factory management and farmers on healthy and safe workplaces, gender inclusion, and equal opportunities creation. We also organize dialogue platforms and negotiation tables on specific ILO-conventions with expert organizations. In collaboration with international organizations and regulators, we create awareness on workers rights, and the need for paying a true living wage.

On farm, a diversified portfolio of products reduces the risks that come with market fluctuations and creates new market opportunities. Solidaridad will help farmers optimize production and management practices on the farm by finding a new balance between their production for global supply chains and production of new crops to meet the increasing demand for healthy, fresh and safe food products in their nearby urban markets.

Solidaridad also supports processors, such as miners, or processors in the leather or textiles industry, to implement more efficient methods to reduce pollution of soil, water, and air. We support processors to improve water quality and minimize the release of hazardous chemicals from their activities. We train service suppliers to treat and reuse wastewater and organize matchmaking with factories, mills or mines. Water efficiency expertise to address scarcity is being organized from around the globe via the broad network of Solidaridad contacts. And just as with farmers, we also organize learning and exchange for processors on how to reduce harmful emissions, disposals and toxins. Solidaridad also looks for options with processors to intensify the use of local renewable energy away from deforested charcoal and other highly air-polluting emitters.

EAST & CENTRAL AFRICA

Kilimani Business Centre, Kirichwa Road
P.O. Box 42234 – 00100
Nairobi, Kenya
+254 (0) 716 666 862
[email protected]

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