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 programs amongst rural communities. How we do it:
Rural enterprise development is at the core of our work. Linking small scale farmers, cooperatives and producer groups to the market is key to improving ‘the bottom line’.
African women produce up to 80% of the food on small scale farms yet receive just a fraction of the available support. Gender inequality is a major obstacle to improved outcomes. We are working to level that playing field.
As farming depends on rainfall, a major part of our work is helping vulnerable communities adapt to climate change.
Agriculture & nutrition
It’s not just the quantity of food but also the quality of food being produced that is important. A balanced diversified diet helps African families escape hunger and poverty.
Access to affordable micro-finance is vital if smallholders are to invest in developing their farming businesses.
By working together in farmer cooperatives and producer groups, small scale farmers can access better prices for their crops. Together is usually better.