The vast majority of people in Africa still work in agriculture with most being small landholder farmers — primarily women. On the most food insecure continent on earth — Africa — it is estimated that 40% of food output is wasted due to lack of storage or transport to market. If the world is to feed an estimated population of 8 billion by 2030, the solution must come from Africa
Next2 is developing programs with leading agricultural input companies and non-government organizations that target smallholder farmers in Africa.
If your business or organization works in agriculture in Africa we’d like to talk to you.
The problems facing Africa farmers are varied and significant. Some of the solution can come from outside, in the form of better technology and applied research, but African farmers themselves hold the key to their own future. Its only with their efforts to share experiences, share local knowledge, their willingness to learn and try new techniques, their access to micro-finance, their ability to understand, access and leverage new information services about products, prices and markets that will finally allow small landholder farmers to increase on-farm income, and thereby, have the resources to boost farm output.
The players in the African farm story are a cross section of society itself. From youth that have familiarity with ICT, but do not see farming as their future, to local extension agents, government and NGO agencies, input suppliers, wholesalers, shippers, food processors to even the largest multinational conglomerates in the world — all have a role in helping African farmer to succeed.
From this disparate group of sometimes competing ideologies a “value chain” of knowledge must emerge that allows leading local farmers to access both local and time tested best practices in a reliable, low-cost manner so she can share her experience and expertise with her fellow farmers.
Next2 is working on such a “value chain” of knowledge by facilitation both a bottom-up and top-down approach that hopefully provides the farmer in the middle with cogent, relevant information and services that can be readily applied in the field. By using ICT and mobile technologies, by encouraging local expertise exchange along with a knowledge conduit where researchers, extension agents, input suppliers, and others can easily, quickly and cost-effectively provide timely, accurate information to the farmer right in her field using her mobile phone.