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US firm looks to bridge the mechanisation gap in African farming

Published on May 12, 2015

Africa’s agricultural potential is attracting attention from global investors and policymakers alike. However, closing the gap between the region’s potential and its current low levels of productivity remains a challenge.

According to the African Development Bank (AfDB), agriculture supports 80 percent of livelihoods for Africa’s 1.1 billion population. However, malnutrition and food insecurity remain high, while the sector as a whole only performs at an estimated 40 percent of its potential yield.

AGCO, a leading distributor and manufacturer of agricultural equipment, is looking to change this by supporting sustainable mechanisation across Africa.

“For us, sustainable mechanisation means designing our products with Africa in mind. It means building our products on the continent locally. It means providing education in successful agricultural practices, in training operators, mechanics, and our dealer partners on how to operate, service and maintain our machines. Read more. Source | Daily News