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Bolstering Farm Futures: Strengthening Agricultural Advisory Services in Burkina Faso and Malawi

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Food security and economic prosperity in sub-Saharan Africa hinge on the success of its agricultural sector. Recognizing this crucial link, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is spearheading a multi-million dollar initiative to “Strengthen Country-Level Agricultural Advisory Services” in Burkina Faso and Malawi.

“With limited resources and fragmented service delivery, farmers in these countries often lack access to timely and relevant agricultural advice,” explained Agnes Matilda Kalibata, IFAD’s President. “This project aims to bridge this gap, empowering farmers to make informed decisions and boost their productivity.”

Tailored Solutions for Diverse Needs:

The project adopts a context-specific approach, addressing distinct challenges faced by each nation. In Burkina Faso, the focus lies on modernizing extension services and strengthening farmer organizations. This includes equipping agents with digital tools, facilitating knowledge exchange between farmers, and promoting climate-smart practices.

“For Malawian farmers, the emphasis is on private sector engagement and value chain development,” highlighted Donatien Sagorin, Director of IFAD’s East and Southern Africa Region. “The project will support the establishment of farmer-owned service companies and connect them with lucrative markets.”

Investing in Knowledge, Reaping Dividends:

The initiative carries significant economic potential. By enhancing agricultural productivity and market access, it aims to increase farmers’ incomes by 20% and create 2 million new jobs in the agricultural value chain across both countries.

“Beyond immediate benefits, this project fosters long-term resilience,” stated Maria Roop, Director of IFAD’s Rural Development Department. “By building capacity and knowledge, we empower farmers to adapt to changing climatic conditions and ensure sustainable food production for generations to come.”

Challenges and Collaboration:

The project acknowledges the existing challenges, including budgetary constraints and limited infrastructure in rural areas. To overcome these, it fosters collaboration between governments, private sector actors, and farmer organizations.

“Success depends on strong partnerships,” emphasized Kalibata. “By combining resources and expertise, we can create a supportive ecosystem that empowers farmers to thrive.”

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