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Published in the Exchange During the last decades a lot has been said about the urgency to develop the African agricultural sector to meet the increasing need for food security in Africa. Frequently it is stressed that Africa largely missed the “Green Revolution” since the African agriculture sector did not transform into an intensive agricultureContinue reading

Case study – Towards Circular Food Systems in East Africa

Elke Nijman, the founder of Circular Africa, has conducted academic- and field research about circular food systems in East Africa. This study is the first academic study that focuses on the barriers, drivers and solutions to implement a circular economy in the agricultural sector in East Africa in order to meet the challenges of theContinue reading “Case study – Towards Circular Food Systems in East Africa”

Can East Africa leapfrog to a circular economy?

Article published in The Exchange, leading investment magazine in East Africa, and published in Further Africa In the past years, more research has been conducted about the alternatives of our current linear economy that is focused on ‘take-make-dispose’. A circular economy is an alternative model, that enables green growth and green industrialization by closing theContinue reading “Can East Africa leapfrog to a circular economy?”

Circular Africa launched in UN-Habitat newsletter

Circular Africa is excited to announce that Circular Africa is launched in the UN-Habitat newsletter. Please find below the UN-Habitat newsletter. Circular Africa has the purpose to find circular solutions and to unlock the potentials for circular food systems and circular economy in Africa. Would you like to learn more about the work of CircularContinue reading “Circular Africa launched in UN-Habitat newsletter”

Circular food systems as a system approach

As explained in the previous article a circular economy seeks to close the loop of resources through the establishment of restorative and regenerative systems. Circular economy business models can be established in different and cross sectors. Agriculture is the backbone of the African economy, therefore it is interesting to gain a better understanding of the essence of circularContinue reading “Circular food systems as a system approach”

What is a circular economy?

The African continent is under great pressure to solve the increasing need for food security due to an explosive increase in the population combined with additional challenges from climate change. Furthermore, with the current linear system that is focused on ‘take-make-dispose’, agricultural emissions and waste accumulation are even increasing and contributing further to climate change.Continue reading “What is a circular economy?”

An introduction to Circular Africa

The current linear economy is focused on ‘take-make-dispose’ which is an untenable model. An alternative business model for a traditional linear economy is a circular economy. A circular economy has the potential to create green, smart and cost-effective business models by closing the loop of resources. The great potentials of circular economy are mostly unexploredContinue reading “An introduction to Circular Africa”


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