One of the key failings in rural educational projects is lack of synergy between eduction and the realities of farming in village life. We provide much of the food we use at the school from a 5 acre organic farm which doubles up as a useful learning resource for students.
In 2018 we made the decision to go “fully free” for all students, which requires the development of an alternative funding model. We decided upon the development of the additional 17 acres of the school site into an export farm. To do this, we developed an innovative partnership with a commercial partner which we intend to develop as the cornerstone of our revised model.
In September of 2017, Lanfrey Farming took over the remaining site to develop an organic moringa farm for export to the US and the EU. The terms of the agreement were specifically designed to support the school, and attracted the interest of ethical investors in doing so. The terms of the agreement are as follows.
An annual rental fee per acre, tied to the purchase value of the land.
A 20% profit share arrangement to be paid back to AME.
LF responsible for all licensing, exporting and capital expansion, including farm staff, solar and borehole expansion
LF responsible for maintenance of school farm for feeding program, including all staff
This arrangement has served to reduce the costs to the school by removing responsibility for the school farm, as well as securing a long term income for the running costs of the school.
We are all very excited by the expectations for export this year, and the aim is to export 10 tonnes for sale in the EU and the US during 2019.