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:
- new collaborative models of public-private partnerships;
- modalities and approaches for establishing a global Sustainable agricultural mechanization (SAM) knowledge exchange platform and;
- 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.
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).
- 26 February – 2 March 2017. Paris Nord Villepinte, France. Conference on Agricultural mechanisation in Africa
- 15 February 2017. Potato farmers in Tanzania are urged to use Mechanization
- 15 January 2017. Support of India to agricultural mechanization in Kenya
- 11 January 2017. Agricultural mechanisation: how adapted financial solutions can make a difference
Manufacture of a mango Crusher- Screening machine: processing mango scrap/waste for their valorization livestock feed.
This post was originally published at PAEPARD by François Stepman. It has been republished here with permission.