Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization

FAO and the African Conservation Tillage Network reaffirm their joint commitment to sustainable agricultural mechanization


Agreement sets to increase opportunities and capacities for African smallholder farmers

4 November 2022, Rome  Strengthening a shared commitment to driving innovations for sustainable agricultural mechanization practices, FAO and the African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding. 

The two organizations have been collaborating since 2019, working closely with farmers and value chain actors to support African farming households and create opportunities for economic growth. Today’s new five-year partnership will intensify work to improve farmers’ access to training and innovative farming equipment, as well as help mainstream the uptake of sustainable mechanization practices and enable smallholders to transition from hand tool-based labour to innovative technologies.

Through the new agreement, implementation of the Framework for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization for Africa (F-SAMA), launched in 2018 by the African Union and FAO, will continue to be a priority. In addition, there will be new areas of action, such as policy dialogue to encourage sustainable use of agricultural machinery, improve knowledge management and enhanced investments. 

Read more about the continued collaboration on the FAO homepage.