Technology for smallholder agriculture in AfricaChris Henderson, Head of Agriculture, Influence and Impact at Practical Action, explores the rol...Technology for smallholder agriculture in Africa
Chris Henderson, Head of Agriculture, Influence and Impact at Practical Action, explores the role of technology in the success of smallholder agriculture in Africa
More people in the world rely on agriculture for their survival than any other occupation. In Africa alone, there are an estimated 33 million smallholder farms, and the farmers that live on them contribute up to 70% of the food supply. (1) But three-quarters of the world’s poorest people are also farmers, which means that despite its importance, it simply isn’t working for a very large number of people – mostly smallholder farmers. The conclusion is that the best way to address rural poverty would be to transform the relationship between smallholder farmers and consumers – create a win-win between these essential producers and those who need the product of their work. For example, healthy smallholder dominated rural economies that provide safe, nutritious and affordable food to local towns and cities.