Infrastructure Overview

Definitions

Infrastructure – “the basic physical assets of a country, community, organisation

Built Environment – “comprising urban design, land use and the transportation

Overview

Adequate, accessible and effective infrastructure remains a challenge on the African continent. The reasons for this are numerous, but new technologies and concepts exist that could contribute to dealing with these challenges. Farm for Africa (FFA) endeavours to be a role-player in this space. Through the proposed establishment of the AGRI-HUB Model in several African countries, FFA will be ideally positioned to address some of the infrastructure shortcomings that may be encountered. This will be done in collaboration with existing public infrastructure structures, along with community members and various role-players.To achieve the abovementioned goals the Farm for Africa Housing team fully subscribes to the following principles.

–       Community partnerships are core to the implementation of comprehensive infrastructure provision in any community setting.

–       Sustainable infrastructure that seeks to mini

mize the negative environmental impact of buildings by efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space. Sustainable infrastructure uses a conscious approach to energy and ecological conservation in the design of the built environment. The idea of sustainability, or ecological design, is to ensure that our actions and decisions today do not inhibit the opportunities of future generations.

Infrastructure is on the developmental agenda and to be sustainable it must contribute to:

o   Poverty alleviation

o   Community upliftment

o   Social cohesion

o   Quality job creation

o   Healthy, safe and uplifting working environments

o   Distributing the costs and benefits equitably

o   Skills development and transfer

–       Green Building Methodologies

•         Sustainable/durable/low maintenance

•         Energy efficiency and conservation

•         Site/land management, sustainability, reclamation & conservation

•         Water efficiency, management and conservation

•         Indoor air quality

•         Outdoor air quality

•         Material resource management, recycling and conservation

•         Innovation

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