Africa’s new generation of farmers. Resources for small farmers in Africa

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It is no secret that Africa is known to be a vast portal for the production of endless treasures. These natural resources include diamonds, gold, oil, iron, copper, silver, petroleum, cocoa beans, as well as various tropical fruits. Although the continent known as the “motherland,” is rich in precious natural resources, Africa’s reality of being faced with a dire issue in relation to food resources and agricultural production needs, as well as water scarcity is becoming a serious concern for the ever growing population.

Due to the rising population of Africans steadily ballooning and said to expand on throughout the year 2050, the demand for educating the next generation of young African farmers in agriculture is ever growing. Organizations that will find the education of young African farmers on agriculture and the possibilities of using farm equipment such as tractors and other types of used farm machinery are starting to appear on the horizon.
Poverty in Africa slows the ability for easily accessing farming equipment such as tractors and other new technologies which can better assist farmers with yielding crops. For this reason, many African farmers who are able to obtain tractors and other farming equipment do so through the inheritance of family members or are else left to rely on DAP. To fight this problem, organizations have come together with partners in order to help assist with funding needed to provide young African farmers with farming machinery and the advanced technologies they need to fuel a new generation of successful farmers. Although many Africans still rely on the assistance of DAP, (Draught Animal Power) the demand to yield more crops at a faster rate encourages the need for more advanced and modern tools to speed the rapid need for crop renovation and rejuvenation. These new organizations and partnering foundations are helping to nurture the education and competence of a growing number of young male and even female African farmers which are steadily embarking on new ways to facilitate the needs of flourishing crops throughout Africa.

Farm Africa and the Importance of Chemical Sciences in Agriculture

Farm Africa is an organization that helps work in partnership with other powerful organizations such and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Ford Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation to work with smallholder farmers in order to provide education and used farm equipment to prepare young African farmers to thrive and propel in the agricultural field within the region of East Africa. Farm Africa’s objective is to improve crop production and harvesting, and help assist poor youth farmers with finding to help using tractors and other used farm machinery within Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya.

The need for merging chemical sciences and agricultural arts for educating young African farmers is a ever increasing mission among Farm Africa and other partnering foundations/organizations who are aligned with this objective. Chemistry helps to better break down the knowledge of the agricultural ecosystem functions like nutrient cycles, helping to better explain interactions among species through bio-signalling. With this in mind, The PACN, (Pan Africa Chemistry Network) was established by the RSC and Syngenta to develop the administration of expanding knowledge of chemical sciences throughout Africa. The PACN currently works closely with Schools and Universities, scientists, teachers, and students alike in order to achieve this goal of educating new African Farmers everywhere. Together the PAN and the Federation of African Chemical Societies has established regional hubs in in both Kenya and Ethiopia, and continues to partner with others in their vision to develop and educate youth farmers throughout South Africa.

The AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa)

The AGRA is a like-minded organization which addresses the changes in agricultural perspectives as well as agricultural technologies. The AGRA also assists with helping provide access to farm equipment and other farming technological tools such as GIS in order to better enhance the overall education of the business of agricultural financing and the marketplace. The program is hosted in Ghana through the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences in the Faculty Of Agriculture. This program can be found at KNUST,(The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.) Students within the regions of Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, directly benefit from the assistance of AGRA, which provides
courses with scientific training applications to expand education in properly monitoring soil processes, as well as effective solutions for water and soil management.

Elorm Allavi Of Syecomp for African Farmers

In Ghana Elorm Allavi the Chief Operations Manager and GIS specialist for Syecomp Business services in Accra, Ghana provides ICT services and global GIS services to help through his Syecomp program work with stakeholders including small to large farmers alike. Elorm Allavi has made an astonishing impression through his Syecomp with the impact of his education program and resources which equip young African farmers with the extensive knowledge they need in accordance with newly advanced technology which will allow them to compete in today’s modern agricultural business.

Though it is unclear how close Africa is to winning in the war to fight water scarcity and food crop decline, it is clear that with the power of organizations which utilize funding, farming machinery, and tools for educational developments on agriculture, that the promise of a new generation of capable African farmers is a vision that is slowly becoming fulfilled.

Courtesy of http://www.agriaffaires.co.uk/

Ressources:

http://www.blackstarnews.com/global-politics/africa/q-a-with-young-african-farmer-nigerias-olawale-ojo.html

http://www.rsc.org/globalassets/04-campaigning-outreach/realising-potential-of-scientists/research-policy/global-challenges/increasing-africa-agricultural-productivity.pdf

http://www.farmafrica.org/kenya/farming-opportunities-for-young-people

http://www.tmafrica.net/tag/solomon-elorm-allavi/

http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/a0229e/a0229e0h.htm

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