There are over 100 thousand smallholder farmers in Africa. Africa has the agricultural potential not only to feed the continent, but also the world. During the 2010 World Food Conference, Kofi Annan said "improving the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of smallholder farming is the main pathway out of poverty in using agriculture for development."
The Backpack Farm Agriculture Program (BPF) is designed as an all-in-one backpack packaged with all the essential, green agri-tech needed by smallholder farmer to standardize both the quality and quantity of agriculture production during an annual growing season, to mirror semi-commercial rates of production. Inputs include certified seed, fusion farming program, drip irrigation, safety equipment and more. Most important, farmers receive hands-on training on how best to use the backpack tools as well as build their core capacity.
The BPF Program provides not just biological farming supplements and training but a complete 5 phase program ensuring smallholder farmers increase their harvests and improve their qualities of life. Together, it is possible to achieve sustainable linkages in food production, value chains, credible finance, income generation, social and ecological domains.
The Backpack Farm initiative is best described as an innovative approach to:
Access for smallholder farmers to affordable eco-friendly farming agri-tech inputs and training.
- Materially improve crop yields to semi-commercial levels of production.
Improving the income of smallholder farmers and rural communities - in particular women, who produce 80% of food reserves in East Africa.
Training in combination with a state of the art drip irrigation system, therefore improving access to and management of water in rural communities especially in arid lands.
Providing greater nutrition to populations suffering from nutritional deficits.
- Developing sustainable agriculture value chains capable of supporting local, regional and international marketplaces.
- Reducing time in the field to manage and water crops, this therefore improves literacy and education of women and the girl child.