Transforming Small Farms into Business Entities

Africa's agriculture is dominated by smallholder farmers who produce more than 80 percent of their food requirements using rudimentary technology and with limited access to extension services, high cost and low quality agri-inputs, and inefficient supply chains.

The current rate (averagely) of extension agents to farmers in most African countries is 1:1000. For effective agriculture extension, this should be 1:400. To improve smallholder farmer access to extension services, there is a need for a smart shift in current approaches, including earlier mentioned issues bedeviling Agriculture in Africa.

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