In 2004, Peter Schrum,, the founder of F.E.E.D., started the SUNfarming GmbH in Erkner near Berlin with business partner Martin Tauschke. The company ranks among the top 10 solar energy development and investment companies in Europe. One of the unique product concepts it has developed is a multi-functional system, where the production of renewable energy is combined with the ecologically sustainable production of food using resource-conserving technologies, and with training programmes in schools and universities, which give individuals valuable qualifications for the job market, create new jobs, and lead to increased opportunities for entrepreneurship.
For over 15 years, SUNfarming has been working in many different countries in Africa, eg. South Africa, Namibia, Uganda, Togo and Madagascar. In 2016, SUNfarming built the first ‘Food & Energy Plant’ in Africa, designed on these holistic principles, on the Campus of the North West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. The company had already achieved recognition for the innovative concept of the ‘Food & Energy Plant’ and received numerous awards.
In 2020, the F.E.E.D. non-profit association was founded on the initiative of Peter Schrum to secure the long-term future of the development project to combat malnutrition and promote economic development in South Africa, and to extend its reach. Peter Schrum is now also president of the non-profit association.