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Our approach

Pastor David Mutinda and his wife Kavutha Mutinda attend to their bean farm in Kitui county, Kenya Pastor David Mutinda and his wife Kavutha Mutinda attend to their bean farm in Kitui county, Kenya

We are the leading European NGO specialising in growing agriculture, protecting the environment and developing businesses in rural Africa.

Our 170 staff on the ground are highly qualified east African experts with a deep understanding of the region.  


We promote ‘climate-smart’ approaches so farmers can manage their natural resources sustainably, become more resilient to climate change and build long-term food security.

Practical approach

Our mix of agricultural innovation and training in effective marketing skills equips farmers to grow and earn more.

Through business training and setting up farmers' groups, they can get a higher price for their crops, and by learning how to process and store their produce they reduce waste and have more crop to sell. 

We're also piloting mobile technology as a cost effective and efficient way of reaching the largest number of farmers possible. 

Spreading knowledge

Farm Africa tests new farming techniques and technologies and trains farmers how to use them. Success breeds success - once trained, farmers pass on their new-found knowledge to others, ensuring our work has an impact well beyond our projects.  

By testing farming approaches in the region’s various soils and climates, the evidence we collect is more robust and the techniques we spread are proven to work.

We are developing new, self-sustaining business models, such as:

  • Sidai - a franchised animal health social enterprise
  • Enterprise fund - supporting small-scale producers using innovative technologies to improve production
  • Private sector relationships - connecting barley farmers with business.

Farming without frontiers

Although eastern Africa is widely varied in its landscapes and peoples, there are many common farming problems everyone faces. Our approach is to spread tried-and-tested methods as widely as possible. Farm Africa works on regional projects across more than one country, sharing knowledge without the constraint of country borders.