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Solutions for Africa’s small-scale farmers

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Some smallholder farmers learning to mix their own poultry feed in Lusaka, Zambia. Image credit: Urban Farmer

Solutions for Africa’s small-scale farmers

Africa’s small-scale farmers face many challenges, however there are a number of companies focused on finding solutions.   

By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine

According to Michelle Marais, Project Coordinator U-MIX at the Urban Farmer, small scale farmers have low bargaining power in the market due to their low input consumption volumes, lack of access to finance, poor infrastructure, land, and oftentimes education.

“Small scale livestock farmers are faced with many challenges when making their own feed, including a lack of access to information and good quality input products such as micro-nutrients that need to be imported and high costs of commodities like maize and soya,” Michelle tells WhyAfrica magazine.

“At Urban Farmer we address these problems by providing small scale farmers with micronutrients in our premixes, along with feed mixing instructions, suited to their scale of production. Furthermore, we offer training to assist our farmers in animal husbandry, farm management, and record keeping.”

Urban Farmer is South African based and operates across Africa and trades actively into more than 20 African markets. It has partners in Zambia, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, and Ghana. “We believe that there is potential for new customers throughout Africa,” says Michelle.

Michelle recently became the first winner of the 2023/2024 Women’s Insight Deliberation Competition. The competition aims to provide a platform for women in agriculture to share their voices, wisdom, and opinions on important matters in the agricultural industry.

Read more about Michelle, Urban Farmer, and farming in Africa in the next issue of the WhyAfrica magazine. In our April/May issue, we focus on agriculture, early-stage mineral exploration, mining, energy, environmental management, sustainability, tourism in Africa and on sustainable technologies and equipment used in all these sectors. If your company wants to be part of this issue, we still have space available for editorials and opinion pieces, and we have great advertising and sponsorship specials running until mid-May.

Remember, our WhyAfrica magazines and bi-weekly newsletter are free, and you can subscribe to receive them in your inbox by clicking on this link:   https://www.whyafrica.co.za/subscribe/

Solutions for Africa’s small-scale farmers

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