The scope of our business places Kupanda in a unique position to champion the cause of poverty alleviation in Africa. Notwithstanding the nature and structure of our business, we see this as the ‘right’ thing to do.
To this end, we have a adopted a ‘building blocks’ approach, and identified short- and long-term initiatives – some of which are inter-connected with our core business activities.
Through our pan-African sourcing activities, Kupanda purchases raw materials directly from African communities and supports local economy actors – from smallholder farmers, individual collectors, community wild harvest collectors, transporters, pre-processors.
Local Upliftment Projects
Kupanda has established links with NGOs and social development agencies to support local upliftment initiatives. Past initiatives, for example, have included the building of water wells in Malawi. Other initiatives on our agenda have been supporting village clinics with Covid-19 preparations.
Access and Benefits Sharing
The Nagoya Protocol continues to be implemented through respective in-country legislation throughout Africa. As such, Kupanda has taken appropriate steps to comply with both EU and in-country requirements for benefits sharing.