Several of our early education projects in rural Africa were derailed by seasonal flooding or put on hold by food security issues. This was a wake-up call for Code. We realized that the best education programs depend on a minimum level of resilience that is harder and harder to find. While large development projects frequently emphasize big infrastructure, supply chains and centralization, we saw a need for localized self-sufficiency.

When we factor in the shrinking and increasingly competitive global labor market, we come to the conclusion that the most important education we can bring to vulnerable populations pertains to their food security, their water retention and the creation of integrated systems that convert their waste into energy. This, in addition to our education innovations work with mobile and systems strengthening, is where Code is headed in the coming years.

code green innovation buttons agro-ecological design (www.codeinnovaiton)We work with cutting edge designers in the field of agro-ecology and the community of practice around water and energy systems. We approach communities holistically and collaboratively, doing away with the silo-mentality, whose legacy is dependence and failure.

Designing socially and ecologically integrated systems involves:

  • Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Food Security and Agriculture
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
  • Water Management and Retention
  • Water Management and Sanitation
  • Energy Systems
  • Livelihoods Generation
  • Environmental and Public Health

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