The project goal is to provide smallholder farmers with appropriate mechanization technologies that reduce drudgery during farm operations.
The objectives of the project are:
- To promote small-scale mechanization through awareness and demand creation, and service provision of appropriate technologies
- To create employment along the mechanization value chain.
The project sites are located in Amhara, Oromia, SNNP (Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples) and Tigray regions of Ethiopia.
The target beneficiaries of the project include smallholder farmers who use traditional methods of farming, the youth who can be employed in service provision activities along the mechanization value chain, service providers, and private sector companies involved in equipment manufacturing and importing.
Through the project, smallholder farmers access planting, harvesting, post-harvest processing (threshing and shelling), irrigation and transport services from service providers located in their communities. The project operates under the Africa-RISING program led by ILRI in Ethiopia.