The use and power of tractors in Africa have barely increased over the past 40 years and remains negligible compared to other regions in the world.
In 1980 there were just two tractors per 1,000 hectares; by 2003 this had fallen to 1.3. By comparison, in Asia and the Pacific region, there were 7.8 tractors per 1,000 hectares in 1980, with 14.9 by 2003.
In 1960, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania each had more tractors in use than India. However, by 2005, India had 100 times more tractors in use than all three countries combined.
Also, in Africa, about 5% of cultivated land is irrigated, compared with 38% in Asia, and 14% in Latin America.
Feed Africa Advocacy Network also as part of our advocacy initiative to attract Africa’s young people and its growing youth population into agriculture firmly believes that mechanization will go a long way in attracting African youths into agriculture.
This is very important as the constant image of manual, hoe and cutlass farming in Africa is a key factor that is discouraging Africa’s young people from taking up agriculture as a business and means of livelihood.
More so, this becomes very pertinent as it is estimated that the average of Africa’s smallholder farmers is currently 60 years. Therefore, to have Africa’s youth take over from the current aging population of Africa’s smallholder farmers, mechanization of Africa’s agriculture is the sure way to go.