The European Alliance on Agricultural knowledge for Development

Report Consultative Meeting on a Mechanization Strategy
New Models for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in sub-Saharan Africa
FAO/ACT, May 2017, 48 pages

Previously in SSA, mechanization efforts were largely been driven by the public sector. Today there is a need, with appropriate social and natural environmental considerations, to adopt a more holistic view of what mechanization is and learn from the errors made in the past. A cornerstone of Sustainable agricultural mechanization (SAM) is the importance of involving the private sector (especially machinery manufacturers, suppliers and service providers). It needs to be brought to the forefront in SAM development and provision, but without neglecting the important role that the public sector and its institutions can also play.

The Consultative Meeting provided a platform to discuss SAM in general. A special focus was placed on three key areas which were the subject of debate and discussion in three working groups. These were:

  1. new collaborative models of public-private partnerships; 
  2. modalities and approaches for establishing a global Sustainable agricultural mechanization (SAM) knowledge exchange platform and; 
  3. the establishment of regional centres or networks for SAM in SSA. The Meeting also received feedback on the on-going FAO-African Union Commission technical cooperation project that is seeking to develop a SAM strategy framework for SSA.

PAEPARD blogpost:
New Models for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in sub-Saharan Africa
30th November – 3rd December 2016. Nairobi, Kenya. This consultation was supported by FAO, World Bank Group, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT), European Agricultural Machinery Association (CEMA), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Global Alliance of Agricultural Equipment Manufacturing Associations (AGRIEVOLUTION), Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Federation (UNACOMA), AfricaRice and the Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF) of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).


PAEPARD experience:

Manufacture of a mango Crusher- Screening machine: processing mango scrap/waste for their valorization livestock feed.