Agriculture & Food Security

Most small scale  African farmers are disadvantaged at every stage in the process of producing and selling crops. Large areas of soil are nutrient deficient. Rains are erratic. Technology is scarce. Credit is limited. Markets are often out of reach or inefficient. But in spite of these problems, PanAfricare knows that African famers can sufficiently sustain the continents consumption needs.  

 

Approximately 80% of Africa’s farms are small plots run by rural farmers, and if they are equipped with knowledge of best agricultural practices and with basic inputs such as improved seeds, they are able to maximize yields of diverse crops to feed themselves, their families and their communities. Africare targets rural populations with interventions to improve yields, incomes and nutrition practices to bolster the continent’s ability to feed itself, and its ability to eventually help feed the rest of the world.

Economic development

Challenge: Africa’s growth needs to include underserved communities.

There is no denying that Africa’s economies are on the rise. However, hundreds of millions of Africans are still locked in the cycle of poverty. With almost every circumstance stacked against them and financial services out of reach, subsistence lifestyles are often all even the most determined Africans can achieve. This is especially true for women and Africa’s ever-growing youth population.

 

PanAfricare’s Solution: Africa’s community growth must be integrated .

Strengthening access to inputs and services : This includes financial inclusion where we link producers to  financial services, and training on how to effectively use them, can at long last grant underserved Africans the opportunity to share in their continent’s rise. We also work to increase access to other important inputs like farming inputs particularly those that are low cost and high yield or that are applicable in low resource settings like solar water pumps for irrigation. We also support access to other important services like veterinary and disease management extension services.

 

 

Graduated Mentorship: After conducting a market assessment to determine local economic opportunities, Pan Africare hires local trainers to teach co-operative groups the skills they need to capitalize on these market prospects. And facilitates “business literacy.” All of these skills are reinforced in our mentorship model, occurring with peer guidance in step-by-step phases