Only 6% of Africa’s land is irrigated and the average fertilizer use in Africa is 14 times less than in developed agricultural
regions. Despite having the potential to be a net agricultural exporter, the continent imports $35 billion worth of food annually.
FtMA’s Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) trainings for farmers aim to strengthen farmers capacity in doing ‘farming as a business’ and to improve quality and quantity of crop production. The training includes modules on land preparation, planting and harvest, soil fertility management, integrated pest management, and safe handling of inputs.
Through farmer organizations and aggregation centers, farmers can access quality planting inputs at bulk prices, and receive digital receipts against their orders. This digital record helps them create a credit history and access input loans more easily. Before planting begins, farmers interact with technical experts to get their soil tested and to decide on appropriate input packages and personal protection equipment.