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Safi Organics

Country  Kenya
   
Beneficiaries              Rural farmers, environment  
   
Project Description  Most fertilizers today are produced in large-scale, centralized facilities and then imported to rural areas. Due to the logistical mark-up, rural farmers in emerging economies such as Africa and India often pay much more than the rest of the world for their fertilizers. This adds to the cost of food production for small-scale farmers, driving them into a vicious cycle of poverty. Safi Organic’s technology, validated and tested at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), downsizes and decentralizes fertilizer production, making it feasible to implement on a village-level basis using locally available resources and labor. This reduces the logistical cost and produces a high-quality product that, at the same price as conventional fertilizers. The product, Safi Sarvi, is a locally produced carbon-negative fertilizer that helps smallholder farmers improves yields by up to 30%. Farmers who use Safi Organic’s product earn between 20-30% additional income from the increased harvest. In addition, the carbon-rich substrate stays inert in the soil for hundreds of years – and therefore for every acre of land that uses Safi Sarvi, around 2.2 tons of CO2 equivalent are sequestered from the atmosphere. 
   
Scope of Legal Assistance  i) Review and provide advice on venture agreement templates; ii) review and analyze templates for investment agreements; iii) draft a template for a master policy contract; and iv) draft and develop terms of use/privacy policy for web platform.
   
Sidley Team Athena Aherrera, Daphne Chen, Jonathan Blackburn, Dan Ray