Agricultural mechanisation

Agricultural mechanisation is essential for transforming Africa’s agricultural productivity. Whilst motorised equipment can be expensive to buy and costly to maintain, some interesting new initiatives are providing innovative strategies for farmers to access machinery instrumental in boosting production.

In sub-Saharan Africa, much of the power used on farms for land preparation is by human hands and is significantly higher than other regions where draught animal power and mechanisation are more common.

FAO, 2016

Related Facts and Figures

FAO, 2016

Increase in tractors used in developing and emerging regions

Whilst the numbers of tractors, as an indication of mechanisation, have increased several fold in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the numbers have barely increased in Africa over a 40 year period from 1961 to 2000.


AGCO, 2016

The need for mechanisation in Africa

Africa’s agricultural revolution needs suitable mechanisation solutions for all farmers, from land preparation and harvesting right through to grain storage and protein production in order to increase productivity and profitability.


The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.