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Self Help Africa

Our vision is a rural Africa free
from hunger and poverty.

How we work

We focus on a handful of key areas where we know we can have the most impact. Find out how.

reports & Finances

Find out how Self Help Africa spent your money in 2014. View our Finances & Reports.

where we work

We work in nine countries across Africa. Find out more about the countries Self Help Africa work in.

Self Help Africa


We are dedicated to ending hunger and poverty in rural Africa.

250 million people in Africa, farmers and their families, suffer hunger and malnutrition, struggling in extreme rural poverty without enough food; left behind by rising economic growth.

Self Help Africa is a leading international development charity with an expertise in small-scale farming and growing family-farm businesses. We are motivated by injustice, by our expertise in small-scale agriculture and family-farm business, and the opportunity we have to help small farmers change the lives of their families.

Why we exist


growing inequality


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  • The world’s 5 most unequal countries are all in sub-Saharan Africa.
    Despite economic growth, there’s increasing inequality, and widespread hunger and malnutrition. A growing population moving to towns in search of work is putting more pressure on farming.

malnutrition


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  • One in 3 people living in sub-Saharan Africa are undernourished.
    Malnutrition is endemic, stunting children’s development and causing sickness, lifetime damage, and contributing to the premature death of millions of under-fives. Women and children are the worst affected.

Gender Inequality


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  • Women produce up to 70% of the food grown on small farms in Africa.
    More than half of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are women. In spite of this, African Women receive just a fraction of the support available to men. As a result, their farms can be 20-40% less productive.

extreme poverty


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  • 414 million people across sub-Saharan Africa live on less than $1.25-a-day.
    This extreme poverty is concentrated in rural areas, where subsistence farming keeps people in poverty, working poor-quality land, unable to sell at market, and growing barely enough to eat.

In Sub-Saharan AFRICA, Agriculture is eleven times more effective at reducing poverty than other approaches


Our Approach




Self Help Africa works in nine core African countries, tackling poverty and improving the lives of local communities. The organisation works both with its own African staff, and through local partners to undertake a range of integrated development programmes amongst rural communities. How we do it:

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Agriculture & Nutrition


It’s not just quantity, but also the quality of food that’s important. A balanced diet helps families escape hunger and poverty.


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Gender


Gender inequality is a major obstacle to improved outcomes. We are working to level that playing field.


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Climate Change


As farming depends on rainfall, a major part of our work is helping vulnerable communities adapt to climate change.


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Enterprise Development


Enterprise development is at the core of our work. Linking farmers to the market is key to improving ‘the bottom line’.


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Micro Finance


Access to affordable micro-finance is vital if smallholders are to invest in developing their farming businesses.


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Cooperatives


By working together in cooperatives and producer groups, small scale farmers can access better prices for their crops.