Our roots: The Pharo Foundation
Nuru Agriculture is owned by the Pharo Foundation, which is committed to promoting economic development on the ground in sub-Saharan Africa, with an emphasis on the small-scale farming sector.
The Pharo Foundation’s mission
Africa has a great future, and the seeds of that future are already there. The Pharo Foundation waters those seeds by working with people living in the most disadvantaged and marginalised communities in Africa, helping them to develop the skills, knowledge and resources they need to become economically self-reliant.
In its programmes, it gives priority to four areas at the root of any community’s ability to support itself:
- water, sanitation and hygiene
- agricultural development.
The programmes the Foundation supports are all about people, though it will fund buildings or infrastructure if they’re essential to a programme’s success. It is interested in helping people to run their own lives – rather than funding a new clinic, it will back the training of the staff who work there, or will help a community to develop a strong agricultural supply chain instead of handing over sacks of seeds. Always, its programmes are led by the community itself.
The Pharo Foundation is not a crisis-response organisation: its programmes are long-term, designed to become self-sustaining in the long run. From the start, it monitors and evaluates programmes to assess their impact and efficiency, and it works closely with the community to make sure that they back the programme, and that it’s doing what they want it to.