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Farm Mechanization & Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification

The Farm Mechanization & Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification project is aimed at identifying appropriate small-scale machines to improve such farming practices as planting, harvesting, milling and transporting, and the commercial mechanisms needed to deliver these to smallholder farmers. The project identifies opportunities to create new markets for equipment and services, and supporting policies and networks. Currently, most research for development work is focused on increasing the efficiency with which land, water and nutrients are being used. Farm power in the region is declining as a result of the collapse of tractor hire schemes, the decline in the number of draught animals and the decline in human labor. The consequence of low farm mechanization is high labor drudgery, which disproportionally affects women, who do much of the weeding, threshing, shelling and transport by head loading.

Objectives:

 

Evaluate and demonstrate two-wheel tractor(2WT) based technologies in four selected sites of Eastern and Southern Africa

Test site-specific market systems to deliver 2WT-based mechanization

Identify improvements in national markets and policies for wide delivery of 2WT-based mechanization

Create awareness on 2WT-based technologies in the sub-region and share knowledge and information with other regions.

 

Funding Organization: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

Project Date: 2013-2017

Project Leader: Frederic Baudron, f.baudron@cgiar.org, CIMMYT

Project Website: http://facasi.act-africa.org/