Commitment to Action

Cassava Mechanization for African Smallholder Farmers

Commitment by

African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)

In 2015, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) committed to improve the lives of 63,000 smallholder cassava farmers in Nigeria, Zambia, and Uganda by training them in improved farming techniques, and by providing them access to machines to improve efficiencies on their farms. While Africa is the world’s largest producer of cassava, crop yields per acre are less than a third of what they are in cassava-growing regions like Brazil and Thailand. By introducing African farmers to improved planting and harvesting techniques, AATF will give cassava farmers the tools and resources to more than double their yields. AATF will also facilitate access to processing machinery and training that will allow farmers to add value to their crops, helping them double their incomes and reduce labor costs by 80% over a three-year period. This commitment represents a scale-up of ongoing work with 27,000 farmers in these three countries.

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Commitment

Cassava Mechanization for African Smallholder Farmers

Launched

2015

Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value

$2,500,000

Region

Africa

Countries

NIGERIA, UGANDA, ZAMBIA

Commitment by

African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Republic of Zambia, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Uganda, UK Department For International Development (DFID)