Why is this Important?

With the sharp increase in food demand in Africa and the World, and given the Pan African Vision of an influential Africa that is a global player and partner, the rise in agricultural productivity that is required to meet these needs will not be possible without harnessing digital and 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, timeliness of operations 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.

Our contribution

  • We are focusing on increasing access to good digital/precision agriculture technologies that will enhance farmer economics, lower cost of operations and increase distribution networks for produce. We identify, and access different machines suited for varying farm operations covering ploughing, harrowing, planting, spraying (of herbicide and micro- nutrient applications), and harvesting. Farmers are organised to facilitate their access to available machinery.

  • We help link farmers with markets to support 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 machineries and in prototype design of machines including the manufacture of low cost machines. We also build farmer capacity in the efficient use of agricultural machinery.

Given our belief in the ability of the smallholder to positively contribute to Africa’s agricultural transformation through use of technology, we are building the ability of farmers to do agriculture as a business through use of mechanisation and digital agriculture.

Our mechanisation model in Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia has shown capability of increasing cassava yields of small holder farmers by 300%.

Mechanised and digital agriculture will reduce drudgery for smallholder farmers, develop competitive value chains and achieve future growth and poverty reduction agendas in Africa.

Current Projects and Special Initiatives

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