To quickly and cost-effectively improve the food security of small-holder farmers through improving their access to the appropriate farm inputs, and information on their best management.
For all farming households in sub-Saharan Africa to be food secure.
Since its incorporation in 2003, FIPS-Africa has developed an Approach
to quickly and cost-effectively to help farmers gain access to the knowledge and inputs they need to increase the productivity of their crops and livestock in a sustainable way.
is currently being implemented for the benefit of hundreds and thousands of farmers.
Why They Work
There are millions of Small-holder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa who do not produce enough food from their small farms.
A typical small-holder farmer
Grows a diverse range of crops on poor soils over 0.2-2 hectares of land
Does not receive advice from an extension worker
uses local unimproved varieties which are susceptible to drought and disease.
Practices poor soil and crop management
Keeps unproductive, unimproved. breeds of livestock
Is risk averse
Technologies have been developed by research to increase crop and livestock productivity many times.
However farmers are unaware of, and do not have local access to, these technologies.
The main reason for this is that they do not have access to advisory services.
We have developed an Approach to assist farmers to gain access to advisory services and local access to the inputs and technologies they need to increase the productivity of their crops and livestock in a sustainable way.
FIPS-Africa’s Challenge is to ensure this Approach is implemented to assist ALL farmers in sub-Saharan Africa to become food secure.