Why We Do It?
First thing first. Human first. In the actual context where Africa is facing severe and negative climate change impacts with huge damages on agriculture, witnessing violent army conflicts and terrorism, suffering from pressure on natural resources, and many other issues, AGIA is dedicated to save lives, help build effective climate resilience and sustainable peace across the continent. For example, we strongly believe that developing agriculture and improving food security in Africa is actually the best way to fight terrorism and any kind of extremism. Ask us how.
First thing first. Human first. But through organizations. We don’t work directly with or for individuals. We work with humanitarians and international organizations, public and private agencies whose work benefit to human life improvement and the environment protection across Africa. We help countries and governments take care of their people.
Number of AGIA team members were involved in many national and international level projects, including one of the most important innovations developed at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, along with Togo Red-Cross, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank Group. The project was focused on designing a digital platform that uses mobile phones to collect climate and hydrological data upstream of the Nangbéto hydropower dam, and feeds into FUNES, an award-winning Machine Learning tool that links early warning with early action by the Togo Red-Cross. This high-level ICT project is one of the proofs of our leadership in conducting critical technology-based projects on which even depends human lives as well as the protection and the sustainability of their properties.
In 2017, our founder was selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow by the Department of State of the United States. He has then completed a Professional Development Experience (PDE) at NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration. During his internship at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, Alabama, he was working on geospatial technology for disaster risk management. Before heading to NASA, he was at the Arizona State University (ASU), a fourth straight time ranked most innovative school in the United States, where he studied Public Administrations. He even got the opportunity to visit and network at the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE). Today, we are moving forward our vision by leveraging this legacy, the inspiration, the experience and what our founder have been learned from them.