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Agriculture

Farm Africa helps farmers improve production and make the most of their land. We help rural communities make a decent living from farming, while protecting the environment for years to come.

Agriculture is Africa’s biggest employer. In eastern Africa, 70% of the population and most people living in extreme poverty make a living from farming.

Building on over 30 years’ experience of working with African farmers, Farm Africa focuses on unleashing the productive power of Africa’s smallholder farmers, who manage 80% of the continent’s farmland.

Working with farmers growing crops, keeping livestock and managing fisheries, Farm Africa helps farmers make the most of their land. We share our expertise in growing the most appropriate and profitable crops.

We help farmers prevent pests and act as a bridge with suppliers: we ensure farmers gain access to the high-quality seed and fertilisers they need, warehouses to store their crops and the vaccines that will protect their animals.

One good harvest is not enough. We take a long-term view to help farmers achieve good harvests year after year. We work with them to better manage their resources, to improve soil quality, to conserve water and to better protect grazing land.

Increasing yields is only half the equation when it comes to increasing farmers’ incomes. We help them secure higher prices by working with other farmers to aggregate crops and sell them in bulk, and by marketing their produce better.

Climate change is an additional challenge to effective farming in Africa. We help farmers prepare. We work with them to plan for the long term, especially for climate shocks, like flooding or drought.

The following short papers summarise Farm Africa's approach to:

This paper provides a concise overview of Farm Africa's approach to agriculture (784KB).

Crops

Crops

Eight out of ten rural Africans scrape their living from small plots. Soils are often poor, drought ever near.

Farm Africa brings in the smart crops, drought-busting techniques and marketing skills that make such tough farming viable, profitable and sustainable.

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Livestock

Livestock

Where land is arid and crop cultivation hard, many farmers make their living by keeping animals.

Animals are generally the family’s most valuable possession and Farm Africa helps with basic animal health services.

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Fisheries

Fisheries

Pollution and overfishing have put wild fish stocks under pressure. The price of fish has rocketed, hitting people hard.

Farm Africa is pioneering fish farming in Kenya, which ensures sustainable protein supplies and a major new source of income.

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Climate resilience

Climate resilience

If the current consumption of fossil fuels continues, global temperatures could rise by as much as 4⁰, which would have a devastating impact on farmers' livelihoods.

Farm Africa helps smallholders to farm in ways which don't damage the environment, and to build resilience to future climate shocks.

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