The Group ÉLÉPHANT VERT supports smart agriculture to answer the growing demands for agricultural production and food safety by limiting and fitting the climate change.
The urgency of the fight against climate change in Africa
Climate change (drought, temperature increase, desertification, flood, storm, etc.) has direct consequences on the agricultural world in Africa. The most serious are the decline in agricultural productivity and the soil degradation (40 % of the African soils are degraded) while the demographic pressure grows steadily (10 billion habitants of whom ¼ in Africa in 2050), which causes the worsening of the food crisis. A situation which weakens even more the development of a continent among which more than 65 % of the labour force works in farming.
At the present time, the part of Africa in the world ecological footprint does not exceed 7,7 %, for a continent which represents 15 % of the world population! A peculiarity marked by the carbon footprint of Africa, which represents only 20 % of its ecological footprint against 55 % at global level.
Considering this, which appears unjust for Africa, we have to adopt from today solutions for a real green economy, which will allow to pursue its sustainable development (economic, social and environmental). In the agricultural sector, the Group ÉLÉPHANT VERT has opted for a smart agriculture, which means proposing solutions that will allow farmers to intensify the production while ensuring environmental and health protection.
Based in Morocco, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso and soon in Ivory Coast, ÉLÉPHANT VERT Group participates every day in the advent of a successful, healthy and sustainable agriculture for all the African continent. The group tries hard to provide a concrete solution to the reduction of the carbon footprint by protecting the fertility of soils, water resources, and biodiversity.
Adopt a sustainable agriculture to fight climate change
1) In what our smart agriculture policy provides a concrete solution to the reduction of the carbon footprint?
One of the ways of smart agriculture goes through the increase of the solutions of specific bioinputs able to protect and regenerate soils (fertility, health and biodiversity), improve the nutrition of plants and ensure their protection: the organic matter and the microorganisms with agricultural interest. Indeed, they allow:
– To mitigate GHS (greenhouse gases) emissions by storing some carbon in the soil which will not be emitted in the atmosphere; while improving the health and the fertility of soils;
– To suit to climate change by adopting agricultural resilient and sustainable practices contributing to soil health and biodiversity but also to higher agricultural outputs with higher quality;To contribute to food safety by consequent and sustainable returns on more natural agricultural products and better living conditions for farmers.
– To promote this agriculture, the ÉLÉPHANT VERT Group built the first African Research center totally dedicated to the biotechnologies applied to the agriculture. Called VALORHYZE, this center produces specific bioinputs able to improve: the quality of soils, the nutrition, and the protection of crops.
ÉLÉPHANT VERT proposes innovative and sustainable agricultural products, stemming from its strong capacity of research & development in the field of the microorganisms with agricultural interest:
– Organic amendments, ORGANOVA
– Biofertilizers, FERTINOVA
– Biostimulants, NOVASTIM
– Biopesticides, NOVAPROTECT
For farmers, the advantages are multiple. First, on the economic front, they increase their yields while protecting their real estate on the long term (fertility of soils). They also improve their autonomy and their living conditions (increase of income) for the social aspect. Finally, from a sanitary point of view, they are less exposed to the chemical inputs.
There are sustainable solutions adapted to farmers needs and other actors of the agricultural value chains. Whom we have to make thus quickly accessible to the largest number. But the first difficulty of this transition turns out the structure of inputs market. Indeed, bioinputs market represents only 2 billion Euros at the world level against 150 billion Euros for the conventional, is hardly more than 1 % of the market of the agricultural inputs.
Testimony of Sitapha Berthé, General Secretary of professional peasants organizations association of Mali: Video link
“… In a discussion they spoke to me about their product and I was convinced, I asked them to give me some so that I can test it in my field. They gave me and I put it in my field of potatoes. We did not use chemical fertilizers, we put that of the FERTINOVA on potatoes. The potato gave well, I collected it 4 months ago. At the present time, I have not sell it yet. I observe it and it is always in good condition, it did not rot. Those cultivated with the chemical fertilizer rotted, but not those were cultivated with FERTINOVA… We experimented it and we observed that it regenerates our ground and increases our yields. “
2) How we democratize and accelerate the use of natural inputs and sustainable agricultural practices ?
ÉLÉPHANT VERT works for the massive widespread use of biointrants, whenever necessary, in addition or as a substitute to conventionnal inputs:
– Fill the use of chemical fertilizers by organic fertilizers, amendments and use of biostimulants products of natural origin, in order to limit the environmental impact of chemical fertilizers and enhancing local sources of organic matter;
– Replace entirely pesticides with biopesticides to allow monitoring of pests and plant diseases. Solutions which have no impact on neither the environment nor on auxiliary fauna or populations.
Testimony of Traore, Malian farmer (Kati, Koulikoro Region): Video link
” The biofertilisant you brought is of good quality, at least what I used I saw it’s advantage. It is good because it increases the humidity and helps making softer soil. If instead your biofertilizers you used mineral fertilizers, there would be much loss as with the lack of rain, everything has deteriorated. Honestly, I really saw it’s advantage and the product is very good. We, farmers, know very well that organic fertilizer is fine but when it is not available, it is necessary to use mineral fertilizers. Many people fail to get organic manure. “
To accelerate the development of natural products, ÉLÉPHANT VERT intends to meet the demand by structuring the offer in all its aspects (industrial, commercial, statutory, R&D, institutional …) and by playing a role of catalyst.
For that purpose, the Group takes place at the heart of a network and works with all value chain actors: institutional players, researchers and R&D actors, innovative SME, financiers, inputs producers, inputs retailers-distributors, farmers-users, mass-market retailing and industrialists of the food-processing industry, consumers agro commodities products.
ÉLÉPHANT VERT develops and implement synergies in every stage of the value chain and proposes adapted solutions (products and services) to the local context of every farmer.
ÉLÉPHANT VERT proposes a wide range of technical, financial and industrial services.
Support in distribution:
– Distributors trainings ;
– Organization of logistic cycles adapted to store the material alive or stemming from the alive in the case of the biocontrol (cycle of larvas, refrigeration of spores or bacteria for example) ;
– Cooperatives and farmers trainings.
A technical support for the farmers through LA CLINIQUE DES PLANTES:
– Counsulting and technical support ;
– Certification support ;
– Preparation of regulatory files for agricultural products ;
– Agronomic Experiments ;
– Performance, development, qualification and/or marketing tests.
A financial support:
In partnership with 5 countries of the UMOA (Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Togo and Benin) and with the Confederacy of financial institutions (CIF), we propose a financial offer:
– A dedicated financial institution: the Financier of western Africa (FINAO) ;
– 3 million members, savers and borrowers (500 M€ of savings, 350 M€ of outstanding discounted bills microcredits, 150 M€ of liquid assets) ;
– A strategy aligned on the sectorial and strategic orientations of countries ;
– In Morocco: a partnership with the Crédit Agricole of Morocco to facilitate the distribution of bioinputs in the Kingdom.
” The next conference of United Nations on climate change ( COP22) will take place in Morocco, on African continent. It is the opportunity to commit all the stakeholders of the farming sector in Africa on the necessity of adopting concrete climate smart solutions which will allow the continent to reach the economic prosperity while protecting the environment. It is a question today of making actual, jointly, the succession of a successful, healthy and sustainable agriculture and the real green revolution for all the African continent.
Let us bring, through the provision of bioinputs, the technical and financial support of farmers, a concrete answer to the reduction of the carbon footprint by the conservation of the fertility of soils, water resources and biodiversity. “, announces Sébastien Couasnet, Managing director of the ÉLÉPHANT VERT Group.”