FIPS-Africa is a “not-for-profit” company committed to improving the crop productivity of small-scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. It does this through the dissemination of the appropriate farm inputs, and information on their most effective utilisation.Need for FIPS-Africa
The majority of small-scale farmers have less than 1 ha of land, and are unable to produce enough food on their farms to meet the needs of their families.
FIPS-Africa staff work with farmers to help them to identify the constraints to improving food production, and offer them the most appropriate solutions to help them overcome those constraints.
include diseases (e.g.maize streak virus), poor soil fertility (phosphorus and nitrogen deficiency), and poor crop management (2-3 seeds/planting hole). See photo above.
FIPS-Africa staff work with partners (research and extension agencies, seed, fertilizer, and crop protection companies, development partners) to rapidly disseminate solutions to help as many farmers, as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, to sustainably increase crop productivity. These solutions include improved crop varieties, fertilizers, and/or improved crop/soil management practices.
FIPS-Africa’s ultimate aim is to help farmers produce enough food for their families. Farmers benefit through reduced hunger, and improved nutrition. They end up with more disposable income as they do not have to purchase food in the markets. They also earn money from sales of surplus farm produce.
FIPS-Africa has a strong monitoring and evaluation component to measure the impact of its work. Data is used to fine-tune its methodology. Since its inception in 2003, FIPS- Africa has assisted over 300,000 farmers to improve their crop productivity. Back to top