Government-backed African aid project launches

Charity Farm Africa has launched a three-month project, backed by government match-funding, to help young producers in West Kenya develop successful agricultural businesses.

The organisation secured the Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) pledge to contribute a pound for every pound the public donates to the Growing Futures scheme, with communications support from Meat Trades Journal’s publisher William Reed.

“Farm Africa’s Growing Futures appeal will support thousands of young farmers in West Kenya, giving a boost to local businesses,” said Priti Patel, secretary of state for international development.

“The money raised will help farmers - half of whom are women - to develop their agriculture skills and improve access to markets, so they can grow more crops, increase their incomes and better support their families.”

So far, Farm Africa has provided training in agriculture, business and marketing to help 2,300 young men and women living in Western Kenya to help them grow and sell more. Currently more than 400 ambitious young Kenyan farmers are learning the foundation skills and techniques needed to build sustainable businesses.

Over the next two years, the young farmers will receive further training and support in finding the right buyers, business development skills, post-harvest handling and good warehouse practices.

Farm Africa helps reduce poverty by unleashing the ability of farmers across east Africa to grow more, sell more and make the best returns for their efforts. It also aims to help farmers become more resilient to the effects of climate change and access new markets so they can develop more sustainable businesses.

The charity works closely with communities, the private sector and governments to ensure it finds the most effective ways to sustain natural resources, increase food production and help end Africa’s need for aid.

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