African International Technology for Societal Transformation (AITST) is an African foundation, established in 2016 with the goal to bring proven global technological interventions to Sub Saharan Africa for impact in the following key areas.
Empower African farmers to feed the world
Need driven agri initiatives to convert farmers into agripreneurs by providing technology, finance and market access
Make primary healthcare accessible to every African
Ensure access to clean drinking water, preventative primary healthcare and affordable generic drugs
Bring clean energy solutions to power rural households
Provide clean, safe and affordable power to two in three people that lack access to electricity in rural Africa
AITST identifies, facilitates and delivers macro, successful and modern developmental interventions to local contexts, bringing measurable and sustainable impact through G2G and G2B collaborations with a 360° approach to linking stakeholders, consulting, designing solutions and seeking funding for project implementation.
Problems That Matter
As an impact foundation, AITST synthesises knowledge and solutions between international communities and Sub-Saharan Africa in the fields of agriculture, healthcare and renewable energy. We design and implement modern and sustainable technology interventions, backed by advanced scientific R&D, to achieve broader socio-economic stability and improved living standards of smallholder farmers and rural communities throughout Africa. Our work is facilitated through government partners, yet wholly focussed on changing rural lives through specific and targeted projects.
Sub Saharan Africa accounts for half the world’s extreme poor. AITST is focused to increase the resilience of the poorest communities through creating employment and tackling food shortages.
Africa has the largest population of young people in the world while youth account for 60% of all of Africa’s jobless, according to the World Bank. AITST is dedicated to tackle this issue through support and promotion of startups and SMEs in collaboration with Africa Growth Platform, a World Economic Forum initiative.
Rural Urban Migration
Africa’s rural-urban drift is increasing rapidly. Farming is considered synonymous with poverty and youngsters pour into cities in search of jobs amid skyrocketing unemployment and as a result agricultural productivity suffers even further. Adaptaptation of new technologies, research and training will play a pivotal role in professionalization of farming and showing that farming can be profitable.
Africa’s current food import bill is valued at $35 billion, and yet the continent hosts about 60% of the world’s most arable land. It is cruicial to close this gap through creating end-to-end value chains in agriculture.