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Backpack Farm Agriculture Program

Backpack Farm Agriculture Program

This initiative enables food autonomy for rural communities by providing small landholders with a dynamic set of agricultural tools, comprehensive training and monitoring delivered and distributed in a canvas backpack.

More than 14 million people in the Horn of Africa are in need of international food aid. At the same time, Africa has the agricultural potential not only to feed the continent, but also the world. During the 2010 World Food Conference, Kofi Annan said "improving the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of smallholder farming is the main pathway out of poverty in using agriculture for development." In response to these efforts, the Backpack Farm Agriculture Program (BPF) is designed as an all-in-one canvas backpack packaged with all the essential agriculture inputs needed for small landholders to standardize both the quality and quantity of agriculture production during an annual growing season, to mirror semi-commercial rates of production. Most important, farmers receive training on how best to use the backpack tools as well as build their core capacity.

 

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