Angola used to be world’s third largest coffee producer and 85% of its population lived on agriculture. However, after suffering Africa’s longest civil war (1975-2002), its economic system was greatly effected, giving rise to high levels of both poverty and extreme poverty throughout the country.
The Civil War has caused great insecurity in terms of land holding, food shortages and lack of structures for storing food production, particularly effecting the country’s rural areas. The inhabitants now have to import basic products at very high costs. Rural population cannot afford those high prices and thereafter found itself living with strong food insecurity.
Through this project, we are focusing on one of the farmers’ greatest problems: farmers actually lose 50% of their crop due to lack of storage facilities. Angolans currently do not have access to the suitable tools necessary to store their crops, and they are usually focerd to discard a good part of it, with a dramatic impact on their capacity to feed themselves and to come out of poverty.
To solve this problem we are working on the development of a low-cost, sustainable storage system for farmers. It must also be easily transportable and locally produced. After several studies, we have designed a storage system based on recycled oil drums, that are a commonly dicarted waste product in Angola. After being cleaned and inspected, they can store up to 236kg of seeds.
Through a local agent, responsible for sourcing and cleaning the drums, farmers can access them at a very low cost. This helps Angolan population to not lose their harvests, increase their income and achieve food security.