BackPackMore 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.   

The Backpack Farm Agricultural Program (BPF) provides not just biological farming supplements and training but a complete 5 phase program ensuring smallholder farmers to increase their harvests and improve their qualities of life.  Together, it is possible to achieve sustainable linkages in food production, value chains, credible finance, income generation, social and ecological domains.

The Backpack Farm initiative is best described as an innovative approach to:

  • Provide smallholder farmers access to eco-friendly farming agri-tech inputs and training;
  • Improve the income of smallholder farmers and rural communities – specifically women, who produce 80% of food reserves in East Africa;
  • In combination with training and drip irrigation, improve access to and management of water in rural communities especially in arid lands;
  • Provide greater nutrition to populations suffering from nutritional deficits;
  • Develop sustainable agriculture value chains capable of supporting local, regional and international marketplaces;
  • Reduce time in the field to manage and water crops, improve literacy and education of women and the girl child.

 

For more information on the Backpack Farm Agricultural Program (BPF), visit www.backpackfarm.com.