NEXUS Center the Netherlands has been in the making for sometime but has now officially claimed its place in the NEXUS Team. Since 2012, Water Tech Trading mission was to create concepts that used sustainable technology from the shipping and oil and gas industry. The parallel being creating sustainable isolated communities that have ecological, economical and social impact.
Developing rural areas in BOP communities, sustainable food, water and energy:
NEXUS Center firmly believes in the importance of sustainable food, water and energy as this is crucial to gaining economic independence in BOP communities.
Currently 815 million people go hungry worldwide. About 50% of the global food production comes from smallholder farmers. A big part of the problem lies in the inefficiency of farming in rural areas of developing countries. Farmers struggle to create substantial value due to lack of knowledge and infrastructure, access to credit and new markets and last but not lease the impact of climate change. Most farmers barely get by and can just feed their own families, giving them a bleak future perspective. Helping smallholder farmers become sustainable is seen as key to creating economic independence and eradicating hunger. There are a few elements that can help smallholder farmers prosper, which we will address below.
Safe drinking water and reliable energy is one of the basic needs for the process to be successful. One of the first steps is to educate and help smallholder farmers create a sustainable food source. Crop yield efficiency, irrigation and food processing are some aspects that can make the difference.
Once this has been achieved, the next step would be to give farmers access to new urban markets via a co-operative. This would allow smallholder farmers to bundle their crops or products and create more value within the supply chain. Facilitating the distribution to the surrounding urban cities will reduce hunger and also significantly reduce the dependency of urban cities on outside aid, as well as create more value for the farmers. Joining rural and urban areas creates inclusive development and shared prosperity.
Ultimately there is also another aspect we need to keep top of mind with the growing population and climate change and that is the pressure on natural resources. Since most smallholder farmers are barely surviving this is the last thing on their minds but it is essential for the longevity of their livelihood. Respect for resources in rural areas could retain youth from leaving for urban cities to find other job opportunities. In the end balancing resources and creating opportunities are key to the success of the area.
NEXUS’s vision on the importance on what creates sustainable food sources in BOP communities is exactly why we started to set up NEXUS Centers. Currently we have shown successfully that it is possible to create value in the fishing industry of Madagascar. Find out more by reading this article in The Guardian.
All in all our aim is to have impact on rural development, urban food sources, conservation and climate change adaptation.