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Funding partnerships

Farm Africa works closely with others who share our values and vision of a prosperous rural Africa for smallholder farmers and their communities.

Developing and sharing knowledge, innovations and proven best-practice allow us to reach more farmers than we could alone.

We are committed to developing partnerships and business models that are pro-smallholder, working with the private sector, specialist NGOs with complementary strengths, and selected research institutions, particularly those based in Africa.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation logoBill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation currently supports Farm Africa’s Time and Energy Saving For Women project in Ethiopia.

The project aims to help women farmers, who can undertake up to 18 hours of laborious work every day, by providing a range of labor saving tools. The project is also using an innovative approach in encouraging women farmers to start using the tools, including training, access to credit through village saving and loan groups, supporting maintenance facilities for the tools and raising awareness about women’s workloads amongst communities.


Ford Foundation logoFord Foundation

The Ford Foundation currently supports Farm Africa’s aqua shops, an innovative project to develop a social enterprise to increase income and food security among fish farmers, and support the growth of aquaculture in Kenya. The project will develop a network of 35 aqua shops offering affordable, quality fish farming supplies, and sound technical advice and training on aquaculture to 7,000 smallholder farmers.


Rockefeller Foundation logoThe Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation currently supports Farm Africa’s Maendeleo Agricultural Enterprise Fund’s (MAEF) Competitive Value Chain Fund.

This initiative focuses on improving resilience and livelihoods for vulnerable smallholder farmers in East Africa. It currently supports the improvement of crop production, harvesting and market access activities for crops such as soy beans, pigeons peas and cashew nuts across Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.