WARC designs and sells regenerative farming inputs as a service. They provide access to the best available machinery, agricultural practices, and technical advice. Warc takes farmers on a multi-year journey of sustained income increase and soil regeneration. This income increase is driven by increasing the number of crops produced in a year, the amount of available land farmed, increase of yields and better selling prices through a guaranteed market
Design for the future, Rethink the business model
1End poverty in all its forms everywhere
5Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
8Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Warc’s experience over the last decade demonstrates the opportunity to increase yields by switching to technologically-appropriate, no-till farming which minimises synthetic inputs, eliminates slash and burn and focuses on soil management. With the right setup and value chain access, rural subsistence farmers have the potential and community influence that is needed to lead Africa’s farming practices towards a more regenerative future.
In 2011, Warc’s Argentinian founders, Emiliano Mroue and Jorge Lopez Menendez, already specialised in no-till techniques prevalent in their home country, relocated to Sierra Leone. They were motivated both by a vision of the wealth that could be created in West African farming communities and sustainability potential of the region’s agriculture. There, they set about developing a farming service model to move subsistence farming communities out of poverty, and go beyond sustainability to being truly regenerative.
Warc manages three farms spread across Ghana and Sierra Leone, working with over 10,000 smallholder farmers cultivating rice, maize, sorghum and soy. Their main focuses are improving technology transfer, food security, and income generation for local farmers. Farmers are provided with a bundle of regenerative agriculture inputs and mechanization, then paid for their produce.
The produce of the smallholder farmers is aggregated with Warc’s own production for sale to large grain off-takers. With Warc as a secure buyer, these smallholder farmers gain access to an economic market at guaranteed, predictable selling prices for their produce. Over the last decade Warc has helped 1,000 farmers move beyond subsistence farming, created 300 new rural jobs, Warc empowered 400 women, and converted 5,000 acres of land to regenerative agriculture.
The farmers they have worked with have seen their yields almost double and incomes multiplied by a factor of five as a result of increased productivity. This income increase is driven by increasing the number of crops produced in a year, the amount of available land farmed, increase of yields and better selling prices through a guaranteed market. Warc’s goal is to reach 30,000 farmers in the next three years.