MECHANIZATION AND DIGITAL AGRICULTURE
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
At AATF, we believe that mechanised and digital agriculture will reduce drudgery for smallholder farmers, develop competitive value chains and achieve future growth and poverty reduction agendas in Africa. With the sharp increase in food demand in Africa and the world, the rise in agricultural productivity that is required to meet these needs will not be possible without harnessing mechanization solutions.
Africa has the least mechanized agricultural system in the world. African farmers have 10 times fewer mechanized tools per farm area than farmers in other developing regions, and access has not grown as quickly as in other regions. This low use of mechanisation is affecting the competitiveness of the continent’s products at the world market because of the subsistence as opposed to commercial production and processing.
Mechanised and digital agriculture will inject competitiveness and open markets for the continent’s products and farmers. It can increase production efficiency and facilitate increased output of higher value products at a lower cost of operations. It will also improve profit margins from product sales while eliminating the drudgery associated with human muscle-powered cropping.
AATF PROGRAMME AREAS
Policy Environment and Public Participation
Market Systems for Commercialisation
Nutrition, Food Quality and Post-harvest Management
Mechanisation and Digital Agriculture
Given our belief in the ability of the smallholder to positively contribute to Africa's agricultural transformation through the use of technology, we are building the ability of farmers to do agriculture as a business through the use of mechanisation and digital agriculture.
We are focusing on increasing access to good digital/precision agriculture technologies that will enhance farmer productivity. We identify and provide access to different machines suited for varying farm operations covering ploughing, harrowing, planting, spraying and harvesting.
We help link farmers with markets to support the uptake of their higher volume cassava tubers and also ensure they get the best price.
We work with partners to strengthen the capacity of local entrepreneurs in the maintenance and repairs of farm and processing machinery and prototype design of machines including the manufacture of low-cost machines. We also build farmer capacity in the efficient use of agricultural machinery.
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CURRENT PROJECTS AND SPECIAL INITIATIVES
Cassava Mechanisation and Agroprocessing Project (CAMAP)
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