Coca-Cola Africa has made it a priority to improve reliable access to safe water for millions of Africans and is proud to announce that now 3 million more Africans have improved access to safe water under its Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN).
Through collaborative action with more than 140 partners, the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) programme is now one of the biggest public private partnerships focused on water in Africa, operating in over 2,750 communities across 41 African countries. In addition to benefitting 3 million people across Africa, RAIN has economically empowered 23,000 youth and women and replenished nearly 9 billion litres of water to communities and nature annually.
“No one company or organisation can solve the world’s water issues alone,” explains Dorcas Onyango, Head of Sustainability for
For example, in Ghana, Malawi and Mali, the RAIN-supported CARE Water Smart Agricultural project is empowering women smallholder farmers through improved agricultural practices. At least 40,000 women will benefit from increased production and improved food and water security for themselves and their families.
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“Because water is at the heart of our business, we look at it from an ecological, social, and economic perspective,” says Onyango. “In addition to being our primary ingredient, water is central to our manufacturing processes and is necessary to grow the agricultural ingredients on which we rely. Safe, accessible water is also essential to the health of communities in which we operate, critical to ecosystems and indispensable for economic prosperity.”
“We have also made strides in improving our water-use ratio over the past ten years,” says Onyango. “Our largest bottling partner in Africa,
Says Onyango: “If we are to address the global water crisis bold action is required both internally, to improve our water-use efficiency and sourcing, and externally, to contribute to water security for all.”