New programme to boost incomes of smallholders launched

[NAIROBI] Almost 730,000 smallholder farmers in Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania could soon benefit from a new, US$15.5 million programme that aims to improve their productivity and incomes.

The programme, which involves partnership between Kenya-headquartered Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and The MasterCard Foundation in Canada, will promote investments in post-harvest handling (PHH) technologies and access to storage facilities to help uplift farmers from poverty.

“Through small and medium enterprises, farmers will also gain access to cold storage facilities, cleaning and drying machines and licensed warehouses as well as processing technologies.”

Agnes Kalibata, AGRA

AGRA and The MasterCard Foundation announced the new programme last month (5 November).

“Through small and mediumenterprises, farmers will also gain access to cold storage facilities, cleaning and drying machines and licensed warehouses as well as processing technologies such as cassava chippers [and] graters,” says Agnes Kalibata, AGRA’s president.

Access to these technologies, Kalibata tells SciDev.Net, will help farmers reduce post-harvest losses from 30 to five per cent thereby increasing sellable volumes and farmers’ income.

Read more here: http://www.scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/agriculture/news/new-programme-to-boost-incomes-of-smallholders-launched.html