Bridging water security and sustainable development. Building sustainable and inclusive growth to improve water and food security and climate resilience.
Sugarcane grower, SUSTAIN Initiative, Tanzania

Africa is the next frontier for transformation through rapid economic growth. Governments and businesses, with increasing participation from civil society, are working together to shape investments in geographically-defined development initiatives called 'growth corridors'. 

New investment targets infrastructure and activities in the agricultural, mining, and energy sector - natural resource based industries that provide anchors for new trade opportunities, job creation, and ultimately, poverty reduction.

To fulfil a shared vision of a sustainable and socially inclusive green economy, SUSTAIN will demonstrate how climate-resilient solutions for land, water, and ecosystem management can be coupled with economic growth initiatives to build and sustain water and food security. These solutions will both foster and rely on close partnerships among the public and private sectors and rural communities.


SUSTAIN works in African growth corridors on:

  • Sustainable Solutions: for equitable supply of clean water to people and nature, and for farm, forest, and wetland production systems that underpin food security in well-managed landscapes
  • Social Inclusion: by linking farm and forest landscapes with business development to expand participation by small-scale producers and processors in income and employment generation
  • New Business Practice: by using value chains in diversified landscapes to open new financing streams for communities and ecosystems, and by applying sustainability standards with business
  • Climate Change Resilience: building carbon stocks through Climate Smart Agriculture and climate resilience using water management, ecosystem services, participation and learning
  • Partnerships: among communities, business, civil society and governments, to achieve results on the ground, learn and shape better strategies and policies

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