The Ivory Foundation is an endowment fund, established in 2012 to support initiatives of general interest in the fields of agroecology, education, health, and environmental conservation. The projects are primarily located on the African continent.
Find out more about our 4 main areas of action below:
By focusing on natural farming methods such as permaculture, agroecology and agroforestry, The Ivory Foundation is helping to combat undernutrition in particularly vulnerable communities in Africa. The fund supports innovative approaches to encourage sustainable agriculture that can produce long-term livelihoods, and that is accessible to as many people as possible. A programme to encourage the production of reproducible organic seeds has been set up to complement this approach.
The Ivory Foundation sets up programmes to promote access to education and training. In Africa, the main focus is on training in agricultural methods to improve food security for the most vulnerable communities. In schools, the fund encourages the creation of demonstration and educational vegetable gardens, designed to teach the cultivation of vegetables using economical but effective practices that are always respectful of the environment.
The Ivory Foundation supports initiatives aimed at ensuring a healthy and balanced diet for all, in particular by encouraging the consumption of local and traditional products. In Africa, the fund is also committed to improving access to healthcare, for example for pregnant women and babies in remote rural areas. It supports associations that help people living with HIV/AIDS in the countries hardest hit by the pandemic. In France, it supports hospital initiatives for people at the end of their lives.
Preserving the environment is at the heart of The Ivory Foundation’s activities, as is research and experimentation in the field of ecology and biodiversity. The fund is working to promote sustainable agriculture that respects people and the environment, by increasing the number of environmental education projects and the development of community and agro-ecological educational gardens. The fund also helps to preserve the natural balance of soils and endangered species.