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.
Thursday, 13 April 2017
13 Apr 2017
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.
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.
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.
SOURCE: AGCO, 2016
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.