Antenna and its daughter company ELEPHANT VERT develop innovative, effective and sustainable agricultural solutions to improve farmers’ productivity and respond to local demand.
R&D IS THE KEY SUCCESS FACTOR FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
We are faced with three issues :
- a health issue: even today, malnutrition affects 1 in 4 people in Africa
- an industrial issue: over 6 million tons of fertilizer will need to be produced as of 2017 to meet the needs of the population explosion expected by 2050, since the African population will likely peak at 1.7 billion people in contrast to the current population of just over 800 million today
- an environmental issue: chemical fertilizers increase production in the short term, but contribute to accelerated soil erosion in the long term
How can we intensify agricultural production to feed a growing population while protecting the environment?
Thanks to advances in Research & Development it is possible to make agriculture more productive, environmentally sustainable, as well as financially accessible to all farmers.
INNOVATIVE AND AFFORDABLE SLUTIONS FOR ALL FARMERS
Antenna Technologies and ELEPHANT VERT have developed an innovative range of micro-organism, biofertilizer and biopesticide products in Morocco and Mali. Offering equal or superior yields to those obtained with chemical inputs, this new product range allows farmers to partially or fully replace chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This reduces farmers’ production costs, increases their profits, and creates local employment. In addition, ELEPHANT VERT is able to recycle and make good value of organic waste.
In addition to its innovative products, ELEPHANT VERT offers producers tailored technical and financial support. The “Plant Clinic” diagnoses specific crop issues, provides (technical) assistance to the farmer, and proposes appropriate, natural and effective solutions.
A microfinance program is being developed to give farmers access to loans at preferential rates, insurance packages, compensation funds, equipment loans, as well as assistance. For the smallholder, the benefits are two-fold: access to products, which the soil needs to yield a harvest, which in turn allows the farmer to become financially independent and build his assets.