SAUK: organic fertilizers for small-scale farmers

The Congolese SME SAUK has developed a model for the production, distribution and delivery of organic fertilizers in the Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in order to increase productivity, farm income and promote sustainable agriculture. SAUK also provides targeted training to ensure optimal adoption and use by farms.

 

Why take action ?

The Kivu region in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to more than 15% of the country’s population, 80% of whom depend on agriculture for their livelihood. The region is highly dependent on subsistence agriculture while being very vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

In this highly constrained context, the lack of access to efficient agricultural production practices, as well as to fertilizers whose application methods are mastered, could have negative impacts on the populations and on food security, as well as lead to issues of an ecological nature of democratic governance.

Proposed innovation

A social enterprise launched in 2017, SAUK proposes to introduce a local model of organic fertilizer production, based on 3 pillars:

  • a mini-factory for the transformation of urban waste into biofertilizers,
  • accessibility of these fertilizers to family farms in the villages of Kivu,
  • training and support program on the associated agricultural techniques.

The beneficiaries of the intervention will be small-scale farmers in the South Kivu region and the households that depend on them, who are currently struggling to make a living from fields whose productivity does not allow them to generate more than €1.7 per day.
The project is lead in partnership with the Evangelical University in Africa (UEA), whose laboratories will be used for fertilizer production and soil studies.

Key learnings

The production and delivery of 100 tons of fertilizer will benefit nearly 300 small agricultural units, whose owners will also be trained in production techniques and the use of organic fertilizers.
In the short term, this project aims to increase farm income and in the medium term, it aims to promote sustainable agriculture.

 

Image credits: SAUK team

Presentation of the team

Based in Bukavu in the Kivu region, SAUK is a social enterprise that provides products and services targeting, in particular, the needs of farmers, young people seeking professional opportunities and peri-urban communities.