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Rural & Urban Agriculture Innovative  Production Program

Executive Summary:

Farmer's Pride International is a pioneering agricultural enterprise committed to revolutionizing the farming landscape in Africa through its Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP). It is an Agriculture program with a projected budget of $171 million in 5 years. The company aims to establish a sustainable model for high-value, globally demanded cross-border value chain development crops. This initiative will encompass various critical aspects of agriculture, including agroecology farming activities, involvement of women and young people, gender empowerment, self-help microfinance credit schemes, policy influence and advocacy, trade barriers removal advocacy, crop selection, farming, value addition, processing and exports, value chain development, market access, as well as climate change mitigation and resilience. 

The RUAIPP Program:

Policy Influence

Program sustainability

Targeted Audience

Problem statement

Global Food System Challenges Overview

Global Agriculture Industry Overview



Program background

Alignment with SDGs

Agriculture Based Clusters

RUAIPP Projects

SRHR in Agriculture

Children's Holiday Agriculture Camps

Women and Young People in Agriculture

Inmate Rehabilitation through Agriculture 

RUAIPP Financing 

Strategic Goals

SWOT Analysis

PEST Analysis

Program Compliance Teams

Regional Coordination Teams

Country Staff

Rural and Urban Program Overview

Coordination & Collaboration 

Business Partnerships

Financial Institutions and Investors Partnerships

Funding and NGO Partners Partnerships 

Project Sustainability

Universities and Tertiary Partnerships

Recommendations to Governments 


The Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) represents an unparalleled agricultural blueprint designed to foster sustainable agricultural practices, thereby spearheading a remarkable revival within the agricultural sector. This groundbreaking initiative is meticulously fashioned to instigate a paradigm shift in the agricultural landscape, transcending geographical boundaries to embrace both rural and urban environments. RUIAPP stands as a beacon of innovation, heralding a transformative era of agricultural productivity and ecological resilience. Read more:

Policy Influence & Advocacy:

The Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUAIPP) is dedicated to advocating for policy reforms that promote increased agricultural investments and facilitate cross-border trade, aiming to enhance economic growth and food security in both rural and urban areas of Africa. Through collaboration and advocacy, RUAIPP strives to drive meaningful policy changes that benefit agricultural stakeholders and promote sustainable development.  Over the next 5 years, RUAIP activities shall allow us to build synergies with partners for Governments in Africa to adopt the following key policies to make agriculture the beacon of prosperity in countries while aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

1. Commercialization of the Agriculture Sector:
   - Encourage private sector investment in agriculture through incentives and subsidies.
   - Establish infrastructure for efficient transportation, storage, and marketing of agricultural products.
   - Facilitate access to credit and financial services for farmers and agribusinesses.

2. Trade Policies:
   - Develop trade policies that promote exports of agricultural products, while also protecting domestic farmers from unfair competition.
   - Negotiate trade agreements that benefit the agricultural sector, ensuring fair access to international markets.

3. High-Value Crops Standards:
   - Establish and enforce quality standards for high-value crops to ensure consistent quality and safety for consumers.
   - Provide training and support for farmers to adopt best practices in cultivating high-value crops for export markets.

4. Sustainable Agricultural Practices:
   - Promote sustainable agricultural practices that minimize environmental impact, such as organic farming, agroforestry, and conservation agriculture.
   - Provide subsidies and technical assistance for the adoption of sustainable farming methods.

5. Access to Technology and Innovation:
   - Invest in research and development for agricultural technology and innovation to improve productivity and efficiency.
   - Provide incentives for farmers to adopt modern farming techniques, such as precision agriculture and agtech solutions.

6. Rural Infrastructure Development:
   - Improve rural infrastructure, including roads, irrigation systems, and energy access, to support agricultural production and distribution.
   - Expand access to technology and information services in rural areas to empower farmers with knowledge and resources.

7. Access to Markets and Fair Pricing:
   - Facilitate farmers' access to local and international markets through improved market information, logistics, and distribution networks.
   - Implement policies to ensure fair pricing for agricultural products, protecting farmers from price volatility and exploitation.

8. Capacity Building and Education:
   - Invest in agricultural education and training programs to build the capacity of farmers and agribusiness professionals.
   - Support extension services to provide farmers with technical assistance, market information, and best practices.

9. Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience:
   - Develop policies and programs to help farmers adapt to climate change, including insurance schemes, drought-resistant crops, and water management strategies.
   - Promote agroecological approaches that enhance resilience and mitigate the impact of climate change on agriculture.

These policies, when adopted and implemented effectively, can contribute to the sustainable development of the agricultural sector, aligning with national visions and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, while fostering prosperity for Rural and urban farmers and their communities.

Agriculture impacts global trade because it’s tied to other sectors of the economy, supporting job creation and encouraging economic development.  The solution to agricultural success in any country rests on the government putting in place policies that support the growth of the agricultural sector, the world's biggest business and job market which can easily ingest most young people into its value chains, as they become farmers, producers, processors, distributors, and exporters, this must start with the commercialization of the Agriculture sector.


Countries with strong agricultural sectors experience employment growth in other sectors, according to USAID. Countries with agricultural productivity growth and robust agriculture infrastructure also have higher per capita incomes, since producers in these countries innovate through technology and farm management practices to boost agricultural productivity and profitability.


Sustainability of the Program


As a transformative initiative, RUAIPP aims to leverage seed funding to generate substantial returns and foster sustainable agricultural development in rural and urban areas.

The program seeks an initial investment of Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($700,000.00) to kickstart the pilot's innovative approach to agricultural production. With this seed money, we aim to achieve a remarkable multiplication of funds to the tune of $55 million within 12 months. Over the course of 10 years, RUIAPP has the potential to evolve into a US$700 million project, positively impacting more than 45 African countries through the strategic distribution of resources.

RUIAPP's primary focus will be on potato farming, utilizing a comprehensive approach that encompasses the cultivation, value addition, processing, and export of high-quality potato products such as French fries or frozen chips. This multifaceted strategy is designed to maximize the economic potential of the agricultural sector, creating a ripple effect of prosperity in the communities we serve.

To achieve our objectives, RUIAPP intends to establish 50 hectares of potato farms distributed across 3 to 4 countries, fostering international collaboration and knowledge sharing to drive sustainable growth.

We firmly believe that RUIAPP represents a unique opportunity to make a meaningful and lasting impact on the agricultural landscape in Africa and beyond. By harnessing the power of innovation and strategic investment, we are committed to driving positive change on a global scale.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss our proposal with any partners worldwide and explore the potential for collaboration. 

Targeted Audience :

RUAIPP primarily brings 100,000 young people and women farmers together in each country and is expected to support the building of vast agro-food production, value addition, processing and export opportunities in Africa, bringing to life 70,000 internships, 100,000 agribusiness start-ups, 1,000 000 new decent jobs, +1000 Agriculture based Clusters (Farming and Industrial) per country and 5000, marketing opportunities. Within each country, about 2,500 to 4,000 unemployed university and polytechnic graduates and other young farmers will be trained under a 24-month-long agribusiness incubation to be done in every new project country.

The program will also focus on Education and Workforce Professional Development with the following areas of support:

  1. Non-formal education that cultivates food and agricultural interest in youth;

  2. Workforce training at community, junior, and technical colleges;

  3. Training of undergraduate students in research and extension;

  4. Fellowships for predoctoral candidates, postdoctoral scholars; and

  5. Special workforce training in agriculture and rural development

It will also have special participation of people living with disabilities, and those living with HIV & AIDS.   The program shall also benefit school dropouts and out-of-school young farmers, who will be trained under a 24-month-long agribusiness incubation.

Project Impact: 

The project shall also impact the following:


  1. Improved Agricultural Productivity:

- Increased crop yields and livestock productivity in rural and urban settings through the adoption of innovative farming practices and technologies.


  1. Social Inclusion and Empowerment:

- Increased opportunities for women, youth, and marginalized groups to participate in and benefit from agricultural activities, leading to greater social inclusion and empowerment.


 1. Economic Development and Livelihood Improvement:

-Enhanced income generation and economic well-being for participating farmers and urban growers, leading to improved livelihoods and poverty reduction.


 2. Market Development and Value Addition:

-Strengthened agricultural value chains, expanded market access, and increased opportunities for entrepreneurship and value addition in agricultural products.


 3. Sustainable Resource Management:

-Adoption of sustainable agricultural practices that contribute to the conservation of natural resources, including soil, water, and biodiversity.


  4Food Security and Nutrition:

-Enhanced food security and improved nutrition for local communities through increased access to fresh, healthy produce and diversified food sources.


 5. Environmental Stewardship:

-Reduced environmental impact of agricultural activities, including lower carbon emissions, improved water and soil quality, and enhanced biodiversity conservation.


 6. Knowledge Transfer and Capacity Building:

-Enhanced knowledge and skills among local farmers, urban growers, and community members, leading to greater self-reliance and resilience in the face of agricultural challenges.


 7. Policy Influence and Advocacy:

-Contribution to evidence-based policy development and advocacy for supportive agricultural policies at local, national, and international levels.


 8. Replication and Scaling:

   - Creation of a model program that can be replicated and scaled in other regions or countries, leading to broader impact and sustainability.

The Program's projects and activities are set to accomplish one or any number of the following

  • Facilitate rural and urban agriculture assessments and identify opportunities that connect community needs with the benefits of Rural and urban agriculture such as food access, nutrition education, conservation, innovation, and economic development, this will reduce the rural-to-urban migration;

  • Develop recommendations for implementing community gardens and farms that can include urban and rural agroforestry practices, food forests, or orchards, that respond to community needs as it relates to how food is grown, distributed, and marketed in the target area(s);

  • Assist schools that seek to increase knowledge of food and agricultural disciplines such as nutrition, crop and biology science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to develop and implement programs that create future leaders, farmers, gardeners, and entrepreneurs in agriculture and innovative production.

  • Support the development of business plans, feasibility studies, and strategies to help offset start-up costs for new and beginning farmers in urban, suburban, and rural areas;

  • Provide support for local and national government planning that considers policies to meet the growing needs of and zoning for community gardens and farms, urban agroforestry, orchards, rooftop farms, outdoor vertical production, green walls, indoor farms, greenhouses, high-tech vertical technology farms, and hydroponic, aeroponics, and aquaponic farm facilities.

                                               Making Agriculture a Tool for Rural and Urban Development 

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Problem Statement





Agriculture is a cornerstone of economic stability and food security in Africa. Despite the continent's vast agricultural potential, evidenced by the 65% of arable land that remains uncultivated, African agriculture faces a multitude of challenges that threaten its productivity and sustainability. These challenges are exacerbated by a rapidly growing population, and Africa is home to a vibrant and dynamic youth population. With under-25s making up more than 60% of Africa’s population, and young Africans projected to constitute 42% of global youth by 2030, it is important to understand and address the youth’s specific needs, aspirations, and challenges which are projected to double by 2050, amplifying the demand for food and increasing the risk of food insecurity and potential food wars.


The Problem:


One of the primary issues is the significant rural-to-urban migration, as individuals leave rural areas seeking better opportunities in urban centres. This migration not only depletes the rural workforce essential for agricultural production but also contributes to overcrowding in cities, leading to increased crime, and drug abuse, and exacerbating both illegal and legal international immigration as individuals seek livelihoods outside their home countries.


Furthermore, the shift in population dynamics places additional pressure on urban areas to meet the food demands of their growing populations. This urban expansion often overlooks the integration of sustainable agricultural practices within urban planning, leading to a disconnect between food production and consumption.


The changing climate and environmental degradation also pose serious threats to the agricultural sector. Droughts, floods, pests, and diseases can have devastating effects on crops and livestock, further destabilizing food security.


In addition to these challenges, the agricultural sector often suffers from a lack of modernization, inadequate access to high-quality inputs, insufficient agricultural education and extension services, and poor infrastructure. These factors hinder the efficiency, productivity, and profitability of farming, which in turn disincentivizes youth participation, perpetuating the cycle of underdevelopment in the sector.

Current Challenges Facing the Global Food System:

Let’s start with the most obvious one. The global food system is expected to provide safe and nutritious food to a population that will likely grow from 7.5 billion people today, to nearly 10 billion by 2050, source>>>. Not only will there be more mouths to feed, but as incomes grow in emerging and developing economies, so too will the demand for vegetables, cereals, meat, fish, and dairy.

We can agree that this rapid growth has caused food consumption volume to continue increasing since 2015, in 2021 it reached 2.5 billion metric tons. Bread and cereal products were the largest categories of consumption, accounting for 626 million metric tons in that year. Source>>>

With many ups and downs, the year 2022 came with uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period we saw supply chain shortages, supply chain recoveries, skyrocketing prices, and much more. Read more>>>

However, food production is only one aspect of the food system. The agro-food sector also provides a livelihood for millions of people. Globally, most of the people living in extreme poverty are in rural areas where food production is often the most important economic activity. There are an estimated 570 million farms worldwide today, and millions of other people work in food-related jobs.

There is increased migration of youth from rural areas for employment in most African countries and uncontrollable illegal migration from poverty or violent affected countries to developed nations.  In rural areas, agriculture is the major source of employment which has not been able to create enough opportunities for all, and agriculture has not been able to transform its outlook as a respected job holding. Due to this, the role of agri-business is transforming into an occupation of women, the elderly population, and children. The development of agriculture is associated with the long-term radical financial growth of the rural sectors. However, the lack of decentralization of agriculture policies and infrastructures in most countries has cumulatively affected rural development. The constellations of agriculture service providers and expert human resources, at the capital and district headquarters, have impacted the imparting of new scientific agriculture technologies to the rural areas. The existing monitoring and evaluation system doesn’t reflect the appropriate result of national investment in agriculture service delivery. This has made the entire agriculture service, transparency, and governance questionable. 

 Poverty reduction, in the context of sustainable development, remains a major challenge, with extreme poverty ravaging the lives of one in four people in the developing world, with a lack of skills and knowledge contributing highly to hunger and poverty levels, these two also promoted the growing numbers in challenges that include mental disturbances, suicides, and diseases that are widespread that include, cholera and malnutrition, with pandemic such as HIV/AIDS still biting and still a scourge in many developing countries, the after-effects of COVID-19 On Agriculture are still visible and has left the world on its knees with challenges that shall continue to be felt for many more years to come unless measures are taken to support world's agriculture sector, especially in Africa.

Urbanites, like people in rural area settings, are equally affected and need a lasting solution to overcome poverty and hunger that continue to affect their families' means of livelihood.  

Agreeing that poverty and hunger are an enemy to all and needing all of us to stand up will help us find lasting solutions, these two will not be history as long as most of the world's poor communities spend much of their income on food instead of putting it into Agriculture investments that can, in turn, build a better future for their families.

At FPI-I we also believe that the most effective way to improve the lives of millions out of poverty is to support agrifood production as a business, and transforming a country’s agriculture sector should start by building effective national agriculture coordinating bodies, this will bring excitement as it promotes the participation of all players and gives farming communities hope as it supports the production, and creation of processing units as well as markets, that in turn, brings more money to poor rural and urban communities, create jobs, raise incomes, reduce malnutrition, and kick-start the economy on a path to middle-income growth. In fact, almost every industrialized nation began its economic ascent with an agricultural transformation

With all the information provided so far, we can all agree that the global food and agricultural sector needs to undergo a rapid change in the production, distribution, and consumption of food, fiber, and in technology, a rapid increase in production and marketing coordination, market contracting, and concentration of agricultural output is urgently required, with the consolidation of agricultural operations. These increases need to manifest significant long- and short-term changes in farm size, number, distribution, and location. Production that relies on small, independent, family-based farms needs to occur at large-scale, consolidated, global operations. Small- and mid-sized operators are struggling to remain competitive and to adopt developments in technology and information.




Farmer's Pride International's Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) aims to address these multifaceted challenges by implementing innovative agricultural practices that bridge the gap between rural and urban food production systems. RUIAPP's goal is to harness the untapped potential of the continent's arable land through modern farming techniques, sustainable land management, and the promotion of agribusiness.

Agriculture and Global Industry Overview: 

Agriculture is key in rural development and in building middle-income economies in any developing nation, a strong agricultural sector will assist countries in reducing poverty and will build sustainable economic development at all levels.

It is an important sector of the global economy. In fact, the global value-added generated by agriculture, forestry, and fisheries grew by 73 percent in real terms between the years 2000 and 2019, reaching $3.5 trillion in 2019. Not only that, but agriculture provided employment for 874 million people in 2020, totalling 27 percent of the global workforce.

When it comes to production, the total production of primary crops increased by 53 percent between 2000 and 2019, hitting a record high of 9.4 billion tonnes in 2019. Half of global primary crop production is made up of just four crops: sugar cane, maize, wheat, and rice.

Production of vegetable oils has risen sharply due to an increase in demand for palm oil, with production more than doubling between 2000 and 2018. Meat production also saw a hefty increase, growing by 44 percent between 2000 and 2019 to reach 337 million tonnes.

Despite the growing amount of food produced, the global level of the prevalence of undernourishment has increased sharply between 2019 and 2020, under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 10 percent of the world's population suffered from hunger in 2020, compared to 8.4 percent in 2019.

Healthy, sustainable, and inclusive food systems are critical to achieving the world’s development goals. Agricultural development is one of the most powerful tools to end extreme poverty, boost shared prosperity, and feed a projected 9.7 billion people by 2050. Growth in the agriculture sector is two to four times more effective in raising incomes among the poorest compared to other sectors.

Agriculture is also crucial to economic growth: accounting for 4% of global gross domestic product (GDP) and in some least developing countries, it can account for more than 25% of GDP.

However, agriculture-driven growth, poverty reduction, and food security are at risk: Multiple shocks – from COVID-19-related disruptions to extreme weather, pests, and conflicts – are impacting food systems, resulting in higher food prices and growing hunger. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has accelerated a global food crisis that is driving millions more into extreme poverty, and around 205 million people across 45 countries have so little food that their lives are at risk.

The growing impact of climate change could further cut crop yields, especially in the world’s most food-insecure regions. At the same time, our food systems are responsible for about 30% of greenhouse gas emissions.


In 2015, The current Executive President and Founder of FPI, Elfas Mcloud Zadzagomo Shangwa, also known as (Hunter), created the RUAIPP, which has undergone multiple reviews in collaboration with Professor Kevin Wilson, the Vice President and CEO of Farmer's Pride International.

This blueprint aims to revolutionize the African agriculture sector. RUAIPP is a solution designed to reveal opportunities in the agriculture value chain, showing how individuals can transition from poverty to prosperity by farming high-value crops such as Potatoes, Wheat, Rice, Soya beans, white sesame, and Moringa, which Elfas considers to be "diamonds in the dirt" for rural and urban farmers.


In his workshops, Elfas emphasizes farming as a family business, advocating for the pooling of small resources through self-help microfinance credit schemes and working as a united team in farming clusters.  The Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) is a groundbreaking initiative poised to revolutionize the agricultural landscape and foster economic empowerment across Africa.

In a world where over 800 million people endure daily hunger and nearly 75% of those in poverty reside in rural areas, RUIAPP recognizes the urgent need to address these challenges. With the rapid growth of urban slums, unequal distribution of land and resources, escalating crime levels, and a concerning rise in the involvement of young people in crime and drug abuse, the imperative for a comprehensive solution has never been greater.

RUIAPP was conceived as a response to these pressing issues, aiming to elevate smallholder farmers, particularly women, and transform food systems to meet the needs of a burgeoning global population. Its objectives are ambitious yet achievable, with a focus on empowering rural and urban communities through sustainable agriculture. Over the next five years, RUIAPP aims to make significant strides in several key areas, ultimately driving positive change across the continent.

One of its flagship projects involves the implementation of agroecology, training, and capacity building to equip farmers with modern techniques and knowledge. Through gender empowerment initiatives, RUIAPP seeks to bridge the gender gap in agriculture and create opportunities for women to thrive as agricultural entrepreneurs. Furthermore, the program aims to support African governments' agriculture efforts, promoting exports and advocating for the removal of trade barriers to open up new markets.

RUIAPP's emphasis on high-value cross-border value chain development, crop selection, farming, and value addition is set to transform the agricultural landscape, providing a pathway for smallholder farmers to engage in lucrative markets. By fostering market access and influencing policy, the program aspires to bring about systemic change, creating opportunities for women and young people to become key players in the agricultural sector.

Moreover, RUIAPP will introduce self-help microfinance credit schemes to empower farmers economically, enabling them to invest in their agricultural ventures and achieve financial independence. Climate change mitigation and resilience actions will also be central to the program's approach, ensuring that agricultural practices are sustainable and resilient in the face of environmental challenges.

In summary, RUIAPP represents a holistic blueprint for change, offering a comprehensive solution to the multifaceted challenges facing agriculture in Africa. By driving business opportunities through value chain development, supporting governments' agriculture efforts, and promoting exports, the program has the potential to uplift communities and catalyze economic growth. Through its multifaceted approach encompassing agroecology, gender empowerment, trade advocacy, and climate resilience, RUIAPP is poised to make a lasting impact, shaping a brighter future for African agriculture and its people.

RUIAPP seeks to:


1. Promote sustainable agricultural practices that increase productivity without compromising environmental integrity.

2. Encourage the integration of agriculture into urban areas through initiatives such as vertical farming, rooftop gardens, and urban permaculture to ensure food security within cities.

3. Facilitate the development of value chains and market access for farmers to improve their income and livelihoods.

4. Provide education, training, and support to both rural and urban farmers to adopt innovative agricultural practices and technologies.

5. Attract youth to agriculture by demonstrating its potential for entrepreneurship and technological innovation.




Despite its comprehensive approach, RUIAPP faces significant challenges, particularly in financing. The program requires substantial investment to implement its initiatives effectively. There is often a gap between the financial resources needed and the funding available, which can be attributed to several factors, including limited access to credit facilities, high-interest rates, and a lack of awareness among potential investors about the opportunities within the agricultural sector.


Other problems RUIAPP contends with include:


1. Resistance to change among smallholder farmers who may be sceptical of new practices and technologies.

2. The need for substantial infrastructure development to facilitate efficient agricultural product production, storage, processing, and transportation.

3. Political instability and policy inconsistencies that can disrupt agricultural activities and deter potential investors.

4. Challenges in securing land tenure and property rights can complicate the process of expanding and modernizing agricultural operations.

5. Difficulty in obtaining quality inputs (such as seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides) and services due to supply chain inefficiencies.

6. Limited access to extension services that can provide farmers with the necessary training and information on innovative farming techniques and practices.

7. The prevalence of diseases and pests which can be exacerbated by climate change and insufficient preventive measures.

8. The challenge of integrating traditional farming practices with modern technology while maintaining cultural and ecological sensitivity.

9. Inadequate access to markets and fair pricing structures for smallholder farmers, which limits their profitability and growth potential.

10. The impacts of climate change, which require the development and implementation of adaptive and resilient agricultural systems that can withstand extreme weather events.

For it to win over this, RUIAPP shall promote strategic partnerships, policy advocacy, effective program implementation, and continuous engagement with stakeholders, including farmers, governments, investors, and international organizations. By overcoming these hurdles, RUIAPP will play a pivotal role in transforming African agriculture, enhancing food security, and promoting economic development across rural and urban communities.

One of the core principles of RUIAPP is the active involvement of women and young people in agricultural activities, fostering gender empowerment and providing opportunities for inclusive economic participation. Additionally, the implementation of self-help microfinance credit schemes will facilitate access to capital for small-scale farmers, empowering them to invest in their agricultural endeavours and improve their livelihoods.

Moreover, Farmer's Pride International recognizes the importance of advocating for the removal of trade barriers, thus creating an enabling environment for agricultural trade and export. Through meticulous crop selection, efficient farming practices, and strategic value chain development, the program aims to optimize market access and enhance the competitiveness of African agricultural products in the global marketplace.

The company's commitment to policy influence and advocacy underscores its dedication to fostering a conducive regulatory framework for sustainable agriculture. By engaging with policymakers and advocating for supportive policies, Farmer's Pride International aims to create an environment that nurtures agricultural innovation and investment.

Furthermore, the program's emphasis on climate change mitigation and resilience reflects a proactive approach to addressing the challenges posed by environmental change. By integrating sustainable practices and promoting resilience-building measures, Farmer's Pride International seeks to fortify African agriculture against the impacts of climate variability and change.

Farmer's Pride International's RUIAPP represents a comprehensive and impactful endeavour to transform agriculture in Africa. With its ambitious budget and holistic approach, the program has the potential to catalyze significant advancements in agricultural productivity, economic empowerment, and environmental sustainability across the continent.


Primary Program Objective:

FPI-I program aims to promote cluster farming, a strategy that will bring to life agrifood investments, research, and development initiatives as a contribution to poverty and hunger alleviation, nutrition improvement, as well as resilience through a systemic transformation of local agriculture and food systems.

Secondary Objective:

The secondary objective of the Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUAIPP) is to foster the development of a network of farming communities by establishing an Agriculture-Based Cluster initiative (ABC), comprising both Farming Clusters and Agriculture Industrial Clusters. To realize this objective, a comprehensive 9-year strategy has been formulated, enabling FPI-I to collaborate with international agriculture investment companies and donor communities to provide financial support to rural and urban communities. This support aims to facilitate the utilization of available land for the cultivation of globally demanded, high-value, cross-border value-chain development crops. The program is designed to operate from the year 2022 to 2030, as an integral component of its overarching mission. Read more: "Poverty Alleviation Strategy,

Under the framework of the RUAIPP, each country in which FPI-I operates is slated to receive a minimum investment of US $3.5 million over a period of five years, culminating in a cumulative investment of $171.5 million, in  +45 countries across the African continent. As part of this comprehensive strategy, approximately 2,500 unemployed university and polytechnic graduates, alongside other young farmers, are set to undergo a rigorous 24-month-long agribusiness incubation program in each new project country.

Furthermore, the RUAIPP entails the mobilization of a minimum of 100,000 to 2 million farmers in each target country, contingent upon population density, to engage in large-scale production of globally demanded cross-border value chain development cash crops. This concerted effort is anticipated to yield an excess of 1 million agro-based jobs in each operational country, thereby contributing significantly to sustainable economic development and empowerment within these regions.

Program Background, Origins, & Benefits Proposition:

Program Background:

- Origins: RUIAPP began as a small program being implemented by a small community-based organisation called New Hope Zimbabwe Trust, and has now grown and moved its HQ out of Zimbabwe to Botswana and the USA.
- Expansion: Over time, the program expanded beyond Zimbabwe into other African countries.
- COVID-19 Impact: The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 had a dramatic effect on global economies, shutting down many sectors. However, agriculture continued to function as a critical industry due to the essential nature of food production. This resilience positioned agriculture favourably for further development and investment.
- Urban Agriculture Focus: During the lockdowns of 2019 to 2021, the program leveraged the situation to educate urban residents on small-scale farming practices that could be done at home. These initiatives have since evolved into sustainable sources of income for many participants.

Benefits Proposition:

- Economic Resilience: By focusing on agriculture, the RUIAPP provides a pathway to economic resilience and sustainability, especially during times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Food Security: The program contributes to both rural and urban food security by empowering individuals to produce their own food.
- Income Generation: It offers avenues for income generation through agriculture, even in urban environments where traditional farming is not typically practised.
- Skills and Knowledge Transfer: Training provided by the program enhances the agricultural knowledge base and skills among participants, which can be passed down and expanded upon.
- Health Awareness: The program originally included an element of health awareness with a focus on HIV & AIDS, which remains a critical issue in many communities.

Alignment with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Farmer's Pride International's RUIAPP and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Agriculture:

As the global community strives to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Farmer's Pride International's Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) is committed to driving progress in the agricultural sector. By aligning with SDGs 1 to 8, RUIAPP aims to create a sustainable and inclusive agricultural ecosystem while directly impacting the lives of over 100,000 women, young people, men, and elderly individuals in 45 countries across Africa. This article outlines the strategic implementation of the SDGs within RUIAPP, including smart objectives, milestones, pathways, and the pivotal role of research and development in achieving these ambitious targets.

Alignment with SDGs 1 to 8:

1. No Poverty (SDG 1): RUIAPP's smart objective is to reduce poverty by 30% among participating communities by 2029. This will be achieved through the creation of sustainable livelihoods, income-generating opportunities, and improved access to markets for agricultural products. Milestones include the establishment of 500 community-based enterprises and the provision of financial literacy and entrepreneurship training to 50,000 individuals.

2. Zero Hunger (SDG 2): RUIAPP aims to increase food security and improve nutrition by enhancing agricultural productivity and promoting sustainable farming practices. The program seeks to directly impact 100,000 smallholder farmers, ensuring access to quality inputs, modern farming techniques, and diversified crop production. Pathways include the establishment of agroecological demonstration farms and the dissemination of climate-resilient crop varieties.

3. Good Health and Well-being (SDG 3): RUIAPP's objective is to promote the health and well-being of agricultural communities by ensuring access to safe and nutritious food, reducing exposure to harmful agrochemicals, and providing education on health and sanitation. Milestones include the implementation of health awareness campaigns and the establishment of food safety standards in agricultural production.

4. Quality Education (SDG 4): RUIAPP aims to enhance agricultural knowledge and skills among 50,000 young people through vocational training, mentorship programs, and the establishment of agricultural innovation hubs. The program seeks to empower the next generation of agricultural leaders with the knowledge and expertise needed to drive sustainable development in the sector.

5. Gender Equality (SDG 5): RUIAPP is committed to promoting gender equality by ensuring that women have equal access to resources, training, and decision-making opportunities in agriculture. The program seeks to directly impact over 50,000 women by providing support for women-led agricultural enterprises, access to finance, and leadership development initiatives.

6. Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6): RUIAPP's objective is to promote sustainable water management in agriculture, reducing water wastage and contamination. The program aims to implement water conservation practices, promote the adoption of efficient irrigation systems, and provide communities with access to clean water and sanitation facilities.

7. Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7): RUIAPP seeks to promote the adoption of clean and renewable energy solutions in agricultural operations, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and promoting energy efficiency. The program aims to establish solar-powered irrigation systems, promote the use of biogas for cooking, and provide training on energy-saving technologies.

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8): RUIAPP aims to create decent work and promote economic growth, aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 8 (SDG 8) established by the United Nations. 

SDG 8 aims to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. This involves various aspects such as job creation, entrepreneurship, labour rights, and the promotion of policies that support decent work and economic growth. By aligning with SDG 8, RUIAPP seeks to contribute to global efforts aimed at fostering economic development and improving the quality of work and employment opportunities for individuals and communities.

Agriculture-Based Clusters (ABCs) Strategy:

- Implementation: RUAIPP utilizes ABC’s strategy to enhance the impact of its activities by clustering agricultural efforts to achieve economies of scale and to foster community-based agricultural ecosystems.
- Global Food Systems Transformation: By adopting this strategy, 
RUIAPP aims to contribute to the transformation of food systems globally, ensuring sustainability and resilience.

Implementation of The RUAIPP:

The strategic implementation of the Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUAIPP) will be a comprehensive and multi-stage process. Each stage is crucial for achieving the program's objectives and ensuring its long-term success. The following are the key stages of RUAIPP implementation:

Stage 1: Planning
- At this stage, comprehensive planning will take place, involving the identification of target areas, communities, and demographics, as well as the assessment of existing agricultural practices and infrastructure.

Stage 2: Design
- The program will be designed to address the specific needs and challenges of rural and urban farming communities, with a focus on youth and women. Innovative and sustainable agricultural practices will be integrated into the design.

Stage 3: Implementation
- This stage will involve the actual rollout of the program, including the training of farmers, the provision of resources, and the establishment of support systems to ensure the successful adoption of new practices.

Stage 4: Evaluation
- Ongoing evaluation and monitoring will be essential to assess the impact of the program, identify areas for improvement, and measure progress towards its goals.

Stage 5: Sustainability
- Efforts will be made to ensure the long-term sustainability of the program, including the establishment of support networks, capacity building, and the integration of environmentally friendly practices.

Stage 6: Scaling Up
- As the program proves successful, strategies for scaling up its impact will be developed, expanding its reach to more communities and regions.

Stage 7: Policy Influence and Advocacy
- Advocacy efforts will be undertaken to influence policy formulation, acts, rules, and regulations that support the long-term development of the agriculture sector.

Stage 8: Partnership Building
- Building partnerships with governments, private sectors, NGOs, and other stakeholders will be crucial for the success of the program, leveraging resources and expertise to maximize its impact.

Stage 9: Innovation
- Continuous innovation and adaptation of best practices will be integrated into the program to ensure its relevance and effectiveness in the face of evolving challenges.

Stage 10: Exporting of Processed Products
- The program will aim to create opportunities for farmers to move beyond domestic markets by supporting the processing and exporting of agricultural products.

Stage 11: Continuous Improvement
- Ongoing efforts to improve the program will be essential, involving feedback mechanisms, research, and the incorporation of new technologies and practices.

By systematically progressing through these stages, RUAIPP aims to empower rural and urban farming communities, foster economic growth, and create a sustainable and innovative agricultural sector.

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Agriculture-Based Cluster Strategic Approach:

The Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUAIPP)  strategic approach for fostering collaboration between farming communities and industries, with a particular emphasis on promoting out-grower schemes.

1. Farming Clusters:
Farming clusters are groups of farmers who work together to cultivate highly demanded cash crops using a low-cost, high-yield technique. By leveraging economies of scale and pooling resources, these farming clusters can mass-produce crops, leading to increased productivity and cost-effectiveness. This approach allows farmers to collectively produce crops that are in high demand, both locally and internationally. The produce can then be sold in bulk, providing farmers with access to broader markets and potentially higher profits.

2. Industrial Clusters:
Industrial clusters within the Agriculture-Based Cluster framework are likely to involve the processing and value addition of agricultural products. These clusters may include facilities for processing, packaging, and other value-added activities aimed at enhancing the quality and marketability of agricultural products. By integrating industrial clusters with farming clusters, the program aims to create a seamless value chain that maximizes the potential of agricultural products, from production to final market delivery.

Importance and Objectives:
The promotion of Agriculture-Based Clusters is seen as an advanced form of agricultural industrialization, with several key objectives:

- Promoting regional economic growth: By fostering collaboration between farming communities and industries, the program seeks to contribute to the economic development of the regions where these clusters are established.
- Enhancing rural competitive strength: Agriculture-based clusters aim to strengthen the competitiveness of rural areas by optimizing agricultural production and creating value-added products that can compete in broader markets.
- Advancing the specialization of agricultural production: By focusing on specific crops and utilizing specialized techniques, the program aims to enhance the efficiency and quality of agricultural production within these clusters.
- Increasing farmers' incomes: Through improved productivity, access to larger markets, and value addition, the program aims to raise the incomes of participating farmers, contributing to poverty reduction and improved livelihoods.

Overall, the Agriculture-Based Clusters approach within the RUAIPP reflects a comprehensive strategy aimed at propelling agricultural development, economic growth, and the empowerment of farming communities through innovative, collaborative, and market-oriented initiatives.

Enhancing Agricultural Productivity and Competitiveness

Given the significant number of poor rural residents and the evolving nature of the agricultural sector, coupled with the declining natural resource base, agriculture has assumed heightened importance in realizing the goals of Farmer's Pride International's (FPI-I) initiatives. It has been widely observed internationally that agricultural growth directly correlates with the reduction of rural poverty. Furthermore, agricultural development stimulates economic growth in other rural sectors by generating demand for inputs and supplying materials for processing and marketing industries.

Cluster Farming and Value Chains:
Cluster farming, as a localized agricultural system, plays a crucial role in the emergence of value chains. It is centred on initiating less rigid and more adaptable learning models that demonstrate success, attract advocates, draw additional talent, and encourage increased investment that can be utilized for scaling up operations.

Benefits of Cluster Farming:
The development of cluster farming is instrumental in economically boosting agricultural production, with the benefits of clustering being realized at multiple levels:

1. Production Enhancement:
Cluster farming fosters increased agricultural production by leveraging collective efforts, shared resources, and coordinated practices. By working together within farming clusters, farmers can achieve economies of scale and improve overall productivity.

2. Promotion for Processing:
The clustering of farms facilitates the development of processing activities, leading to value addition and the creation of processed agricultural products. This can result in higher-value products, increased market opportunities, and enhanced economic returns for farmers and rural communities.

3. Creation of Domestic Marketing Opportunities:
Through the establishment of farming clusters, localized agricultural products can be marketed more effectively, benefiting from collective branding, marketing efforts, and access to larger domestic markets.

4. Provision of Household Nutrition:
Cluster farming can contribute to improving household nutrition by diversifying agricultural production and providing a wider range of nutritious food products for local consumption.

5. Boosting Exports:
By focusing on high-quality, standardized production, cluster farming can contribute to the generation of agricultural products suitable for export, thereby enhancing the participation of rural communities in international trade and increasing foreign exchange earnings.

Overall, the adoption and expansion of cluster farming hold substantial potential for enhancing agricultural productivity, creating value-added products, fostering economic development, and improving the livelihoods of rural communities.

RUAIPP Projects:

RUAIPP comprises various projects aimed at fostering inclusive and sustainable agricultural development. Notable components of the program include:

1. Women and Young People Involvement in Agriculture: RUAIPP places a strong emphasis on involving and empowering women and young people in all aspects of agricultural production, encouraging their active participation and leadership roles.

2. Agroecology Farming Activities:
RUIAPP promotes agroecology farming activities that prioritize environmentally sustainable and socially just agricultural practices. This project involves the adoption of farming methods that work in harmony with natural ecosystems, emphasizing biodiversity, soil health, water conservation, and reduced dependence on agrochemicals. Agroecology aims to enhance agricultural productivity while promoting resilience to climate change and minimizing environmental impact.

3. Self-Help Microfinance Credit Scheme:
The self-help microfinance credit scheme provides financial support and resources to aspiring and existing women and young farmers who may not have access to traditional banking services or formal credit. This project aims to promote financial inclusion, entrepreneurial support, and empowerment of women and young farmers through community-based microfinance initiatives.

4. Agriculture-Based Clusters: RUAIPP introduces a novel concept of combining farming clusters with industrial clusters, creating synergies between agricultural production and downstream industrial activities to maximize value creation and economic impact.

5. Training and Capacity Building: The program prioritizes the training and capacity building of farming communities worldwide, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to adopt modern, sustainable agricultural practices as well as farm management.

6. Farming, Crop Selection, Care, Pest Control, Harvesting, and Storage: RUAIPP provides comprehensive guidance and support to farmers in various stages of agricultural production, from crop selection of high-value, globally demanded cross-border value chain development crops, care to pest control, harvesting, and storage techniques.

High Value Globally demanded Cross border value Chain development Crop & Other:

  1. Potato Farming 

  2. Sunflower farming  

  3. Agroforestry,

  4. (Moringa and other legumes,

  5. Wheat

  6. Rice

  7. Cashew Nuts

  8. Yellow Maize

  9. White Sesame

  10. Soya Beans 

  11. Strawberry & Blueberries

  12. Pine Apple Farming 

  13. Avocado Farming 

7. Research & Development, Agriculture Environmental impact awareness: The initiative aims to enhance productivity, sustainability, and profitability within the agricultural sector by implementing cutting-edge research, farming techniques and sustainable practices. This activity promotes understanding the environmental impact of agriculture and its impacts on the social and economic life of the society. RUAIPP will carry out training for its partners and member farmers on sustainable farming, the environmental impact of climate change adaptation and resilience

8. Gender Empowerment: RUAIPP is committed to promoting gender equality and empowering women in agriculture, ensuring their meaningful participation and access to resources and opportunities.

9. Soil Use and Management: The program focuses on sustainable soil management practices to enhance soil fertility, conservation, and overall productivity.

10. Technological Integration into Agriculture by Women and Young People:
RUIAPP facilitates the adoption and integration of appropriate agricultural technologies among women and young farmers. This project involves providing training in the use of modern agricultural tools, precision farming techniques, digital agricultural extension services, and information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance productivity, optimize resource use, and improve market access for women and young people engaged in agriculture.

  1. Use of Drones in Farming 

  2. Food Processing  

  3. Aeroponics 

  4. Hydroponic Farming 

11. Value Addition, Processing, and Value Chain Development: The program aims to enhance the value chain of agricultural products by promoting value addition and processing activities, creating opportunities for increased income and market competitiveness.

12. Market Access and Policy Influence and Advocacy: RUAIPP endeavours to improve market access for farmers and influence policies that support sustainable agricultural development, ensuring a conducive environment for agricultural growth and prosperity.

13. Trade Barriers:
RUIAPP addresses trade barriers that hinder market access for smallholder farmers, particularly women and young individuals. This project focuses on providing training and support to help farmers comply with quality standards, sanitary and phytosanitary regulations, and market requirements, enabling them to access domestic and international markets. By facilitating market linkages and providing market information, RUIAPP aims to enhance the competitiveness and market access of small-scale farmers.

14. Climate Change Mitigation and Resilience:
RUIAPP integrates climate change mitigation and resilience-building strategies into its agricultural programs. This project involves providing training and resources to help farmers adapt to changing climatic conditions, implement climate-smart agricultural practices, and reduce their environmental impact. By promoting resilient farming systems, water conservation, agroforestry, and sustainable land management, RUIAPP aims to enhance the adaptive capacity of farmers and contribute to climate change mitigation efforts.

Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) in Agriculture:

Implementing Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) into Agriculture Activities in the Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) from 2024 to 2029 represents a significant opportunity to improve the overall well-being and productivity of individuals engaged in agricultural activities in rural and urban areas. Integrating SRHR into agriculture can lead to better health outcomes, improved gender equality, and increased economic empowerment within farming communities. Here's a plan for implementing SRHR into agriculture activities through RUIAPP:

1. Comprehensive Training Programs:

   - Develop and implement comprehensive SRHR training programs tailored to the specific needs of women, young people, men, and the elderly engaged in agricultural activities. These programs should cover topics such as family planning, maternal health, HIV/AIDS prevention, and reproductive health care.

2. Access to Healthcare Services:

   - Facilitate access to essential healthcare services within agricultural communities. This can involve establishing partnerships with local healthcare providers to ensure that farmers have access to reproductive healthcare and family planning services.

3. Community Outreach and Awareness:

   - Conduct outreach programs and awareness campaigns to promote SRHR education. These initiatives can include workshops, community meetings, and the distribution of educational materials to raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health rights and eliminate harmful cultural practices.

4. Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment:

   - Provide support for entrepreneurship and skill development initiatives to enable individuals to start their own ventures aligned with the agriculture sector. This can involve training programs, access to microfinance, and mentorship opportunities to help individuals establish and grow their agricultural businesses.

Role of Research and Development:

1. Data Collection and Analysis:
   - Conduct comprehensive research to understand specific SRHR needs and challenges within diverse agricultural communities. This research should identify barriers to access and utilization of SRHR services and inform the design of targeted interventions.

2. Innovation and Technology:
   - Utilize research and development to develop innovative solutions and leverage technology for the effective delivery of SRHR education and services in both rural and urban settings. This can include the use of mobile technology for information dissemination and telemedicine for healthcare services.

3. Best Practices and Knowledge Sharing:
   - Identify and share best practices in integrating SRHR into agricultural activities. Collaborate with other organizations and stakeholders to share knowledge and experiences, fostering learning and adaptation across different regions and communities.

4. Policy Advocacy:
   - Conduct evidence-based research to advocate for policies that support the integration of SRHR within agricultural programs at local, national, and regional levels. This may involve engaging with policymakers and advocating for the inclusion of SRHR in agricultural development plans and strategies.

By integrating SRHR into the Farmer's Pride International RUIAPP, the program aims to empower individuals, promote sustainable development, and improve overall community health and well-being. Through the implementation of these activities, the RUIAPP can contribute to the achievement of positive outcomes for individuals engaged in agricultural activities across rural and urban areas from 2024 to 2029.

Children's Holiday Agriculture Camps:

Implementing Children's Holiday Agriculture Camps Activities under the Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP)


The implementation of Children's Holiday Agriculture Camps under the Farmer's Pride International RUIAPP presents an exciting opportunity to engage and educate young individuals about agriculture, sustainability, and the importance of rural and urban farming. These camps will serve as platforms for learning, creativity, and fun, aiming to inspire the next generation of farmers and agricultural professionals.

The specific age range and school levels for children allowed to attend Children's holiday Agriculture camps under the Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) may vary depending on the program's guidelines and the targeted objectives. However, in many cases, such holiday camps are designed to accommodate children at both the primary and secondary school levels.

For children attending primary school, the typical age range is between 6 and 12 years old, although this can vary by country and educational system. Primary school children are generally in grades 1 through 6 or 7, depending on the structure of the education system in a particular region.

For children attending secondary school, the age range is usually between 13 and 18 years old. Secondary school education often encompasses grades 7 or 8 through 12 or 13, again depending on the specific educational system in place.

The Children's Holiday Agriculture Camp organized by RUIAPP may target children within these age ranges to provide them with educational and hands-on experiences related to agriculture, environmental sustainability, and agribusiness. These camps can offer a range of activities such as interactive workshops, practical farming experiences, exposure to modern agricultural technologies, and lessons on the importance of sustainable farming practices.

The overarching goal of these camps is often to foster an early interest in agriculture and related fields among young people, as well as to provide them with valuable knowledge and skills that can contribute to their understanding of food production and environmental stewardship.

It's important to note that specific age requirements and educational levels for participation in the Children's Holiday Agriculture camps will be determined by the organizers of RUIAPP following local educational standards and the objectives of the program.

Program Objectives:

1. Educate and Engage: The primary objective of the Children's Holiday Agriculture Camps is to educate and engage children in agricultural activities, fostering an appreciation for farming and rural livelihoods.

2. Promote Sustainability: Through interactive activities, the camps aim to promote sustainable agricultural practices and environmental stewardship among young participants.

3. Foster Creativity: The program seeks to encourage creativity and innovation by providing hands-on experiences related to farming, food production, and agricultural entrepreneurship.

Program Activities:

1. Farm Visits and Hands-on Activities:
   - Organize visits to local farms, where children can observe agricultural practices, interact with farmers, and participate in hands-on activities such as planting, harvesting, and tending to livestock.

2. Workshops and Demonstrations:
   - Conduct workshops and demonstrations on topics such as composting, organic farming, water conservation, and the importance of biodiversity in agriculture. These activities aim to impart practical knowledge and skills to the young participants.

3. Interactive Learning Sessions:
   - Facilitate interactive learning sessions on agricultural concepts, including soil health, crop rotation, pest management, and the farm-to-table journey. These sessions can be designed to be informative, engaging, and age-appropriate.

4. Creative Projects:

   - Engage children in creative projects related to agriculture, such as art competitions, storytelling sessions about farming, and creating miniature model farms to understand the different aspects of agricultural production.

5. Entrepreneurship and Leadership Activities:

   - Introduce basic entrepreneurship and leadership activities, where children can explore the idea of starting their own small agricultural ventures, understand the value chain in agriculture, and develop leadership skills within a farming context.

Benefits of the Program:

1. Education and Awareness: The camps will provide children with valuable insights into agricultural practices, fostering an understanding of where their food comes from and the importance of farming in their communities.
2. Environmental Stewardship: By learning about sustainable farming practices, children will be encouraged to become advocates for environmental conservation and sustainable agriculture.
3. Community Engagement: The program will create opportunities for children to engage with local farmers and agricultural experts, fostering a sense of community and connection to the agricultural sector.

Role of Research and Development:

1. Curriculum Development:
   - Research and develop age-appropriate curriculum and learning materials to ensure that the activities are educational, engaging, and aligned with the objectives of the Children's Holiday Agriculture Camps.

2. Program Evaluation:
   - Conduct ongoing research to evaluate the impact of the camps on children's knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours related to agriculture and sustainability. This will help refine and improve the program for future iterations.


The implementation of Children's Holiday Agriculture Camps under the Farmer's Pride International RUIAPP represents a unique opportunity to inspire and educate the next generation of farmers and agricultural enthusiasts. By providing engaging and educational experiences, the camps aim to foster a deeper appreciation for agriculture, sustainability, and rural livelihoods among children, ultimately contributing to the promotion of sustainable agricultural practices and the development of future leaders in the agricultural sector.


Through hands-on activities, workshops, and interactive learning sessions, the camps will not only educate children about the importance of farming and environmental stewardship but also nurture their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.


By instilling a deeper appreciation for agriculture, sustainability, and rural livelihoods, the Children's Holiday Agriculture Camps will play a pivotal role in shaping a generation that values and supports the sustainable growth of agricultural communities. As a result, these camps will contribute to the promotion of sustainable agricultural practices and the cultivation of a new cohort of individuals passionate about the future of farming and food production.


Women and Young people in agriculture:

Implementing women and young people in agricultural activities under the Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) is crucial for promoting inclusive and sustainable agricultural development. By empowering these demographic groups, the program can enhance food security, alleviate poverty, and foster economic growth in rural and urban communities.

Here are several strategies for effectively implementing women and young people in agricultural activities through RUIAPP:

1. Training and Capacity Building:
   Provide specialized training and capacity-building programs tailored to the needs of women and young farmers. These programs should focus on modern and sustainable agricultural practices, financial literacy, market access, and agribusiness management. By equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge, RUIAPP can empower women and young people to actively participate in agricultural activities and enhance their productivity.

2. Access to Resources:
   Facilitate access to land, credit, agricultural inputs, and technology for women and young farmers. RUIAPP should work to eliminate barriers that prevent these groups from accessing essential resources. This could involve establishing programs to provide affordable credit, creating community-based resource centres, and promoting the use of modern agricultural technologies.

3. Mentorship and Networking:
   Establish mentorship programs that pair experienced farmers with women and young agricultural entrepreneurs. These mentorship relationships can provide valuable guidance, support, and knowledge transfer. Additionally, RUIAPP should facilitate networking opportunities for women and young farmers to connect with industry professionals, potential buyers, and other stakeholders, enabling them to learn from each other and access new markets.

4. Gender-Sensitive Approaches:
   Design and implement gender-sensitive agricultural policies and programs that address the specific challenges faced by women in agriculture. This includes recognizing and addressing issues such as access to land, property rights, and balancing agricultural work with household responsibilities. By promoting gender equality within the program, RUIAPP can ensure that women have equal opportunities to engage in agricultural activities.

5. Youth Engagement and Innovation:
   Encourage young people to embrace agriculture as a viable and attractive career option by showcasing the potential for innovation and entrepreneurship in the sector. RUIAPP can support youth-led agricultural initiatives, agri-tech startups, and innovation hubs that leverage technology to improve agricultural productivity and sustainability.

6. Market Linkages and Value Addition:
   Facilitate market linkages for women and young farmers to ensure that they have access to fair and profitable markets for their agricultural products. RUIAPP should also promote value-addition initiatives that enable farmers to process, package, and market their products effectively, thereby increasing their income and creating more sustainable agricultural businesses.

By incorporating these strategies, RUIAPP can effectively integrate women and young people into agricultural activities, creating a more inclusive and sustainable agricultural sector that benefits rural and urban communities. This approach can help to unlock the potential of these demographic groups, driving economic growth and food security while fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the agricultural sector.

RUAIPP University Graduates, Polytechnic, and Out-of-School:

Implementing out-of-school, polytechnic, and university graduates' activities in agriculture, integrating technology, agriculture mobile app development, artificial intelligence, drones, robots, and more can play a pivotal role in promoting interest in agriculture innovation under the Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP). By harnessing technological advancements and providing opportunities for young graduates to engage in modern agricultural practices, RUIAPP can attract talent to the agricultural sector and foster innovation and sustainability.

Here are several key strategies for engaging out-of-school, polytechnic, and university graduates in agricultural activities through RUIAPP:

1. Technology Integration:
   Emphasize the integration of modern technologies into agricultural practices to showcase the potential for innovation and efficiency in the sector. This can include promoting the use of precision agriculture technologies, farm management software, IoT (Internet of Things) devices, and advanced machinery to demonstrate the transformative impact of technology in agriculture.

2. Agriculture Mobile App Development:
   Encourage the development of agriculture-focused mobile applications that address key challenges faced by farmers, agribusinesses, and agricultural stakeholders. RUIAPP can organize hackathons, workshops, and competitions to inspire graduates to create mobile apps that provide solutions for market access, crop management, livestock monitoring, weather forecasting, and other agricultural needs.

3. Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics:
   Offer training and opportunities for graduates to explore the potential of artificial intelligence and data analytics in agriculture. This can involve promoting the use of AI for crop disease detection, yield prediction, soil health assessment, and decision support systems. By showcasing the role of AI in optimizing agricultural processes, RUIAPP can attract graduates with a background in computer science and data analytics to apply their skills in the agricultural domain.

4. Drones and Robotics:
   Integrate drone and robotics technology into agricultural demonstrations and training programs. This can include showcasing the use of drones for crop monitoring, aerial imaging, and precision spraying, as well as demonstrating the role of robotics in tasks such as harvesting, sorting, and packing. By highlighting the potential for automation and efficiency in agriculture, RUIAPP can capture the interests of graduates with expertise in robotics and automation engineering.

5. Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness Incubation:
   Provide support for graduates interested in starting their own agribusiness ventures by offering incubation programs, access to mentorship, and guidance on business development. RUIAPP can facilitate the creation of innovation hubs and startup accelerators focused on agricultural technology and agribusiness, encouraging graduates to apply their skills and knowledge in entrepreneurial endeavours within the agricultural sector.

6. Collaboration and Networking:
   Foster collaboration and networking opportunities for graduates by connecting them with industry professionals, agricultural researchers, and potential investors. RUIAPP can organize industry forums, technology showcases, and networking events that bring together graduates, agricultural stakeholders, and technology providers to facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange.

By implementing these strategies, RUIAPP can effectively engage out-of-school, polytechnic, and university graduates in agriculture, leveraging technology and innovation to inspire and attract talent to the agricultural sector. This approach can contribute to the development of a dynamic and sustainable agricultural ecosystem, driven by the creativity and expertise of young graduates who are eager to contribute to agricultural innovation and food security.

RUAIPP Inmates Agriculture Activities:

The implementation of inmate agriculture activities under the Farmer's Pride International RUIAPP represents an innovative approach to preparing incarcerated individuals for successful reintegration into society. By providing agricultural training and skills development within correctional facilities, the program aims to offer inmates a pathway to acquire valuable knowledge, work experience, and a sense of purpose, ultimately facilitating their transition back into the community upon release.

Program Objectives:

1. Skills Development: The primary objective is to provide inmates with practical agricultural skills and knowledge that can be applied to gainful employment opportunities upon release.

2. Rehabilitation and Reintegration: The program seeks to contribute to the rehabilitation and successful reintegration of inmates into society by fostering a sense of purpose and equipping them with marketable skills.

3. Sustainable Agriculture: By engaging inmates in agricultural activities, the program aims to promote sustainable farming practices and environmental stewardship within correctional facilities.

Program Activities:

1. Agricultural Training and Work Experience:
   - Offer comprehensive training in various aspects of agriculture, including crop cultivation, livestock management, and sustainable farming practices, allowing inmates to gain practical experience in agricultural activities.

2. Entrepreneurship and Business Skills:
   - Provide education and training in agricultural entrepreneurship, including topics such as farm management, marketing, and small business development, to prepare inmates for potential employment or self-employment opportunities in the agricultural sector.

3. Life Skills and Personal Development:
   - Offer workshops and courses focused on life skills, personal development, and financial literacy to support inmates in their transition back into society and the workforce.

4. Community Engagement and Outreach:
   - Facilitate opportunities for inmates to engage with local agricultural communities, including participating in community farming initiatives, farmers' markets, and agricultural events, promoting positive interactions and skill transfer.

Benefits of the Program:

1. Rehabilitation and Reintegration: The program can contribute to reducing recidivism rates by providing inmates with valuable skills and a sense of purpose, increasing their potential for successful reintegration into society upon release.

2. Job Readiness and Employment Opportunities: By equipping inmates with agricultural skills and entrepreneurship training, the program can enhance their employability and enable them to pursue meaningful careers in the agricultural sector post-incarceration.

3. Sustainable Agriculture Practices: Engaging inmates in sustainable agriculture activities can promote environmental stewardship and contribute to the production of food within correctional facilities, supporting self-sufficiency and resourcefulness.

Role of Research and Development:

1. Curriculum Design and Implementation:
   - Research and develop a tailored curriculum for agricultural training within correctional facilities, taking into account the unique needs and circumstances of the inmate population.

2. Program Evaluation and Impact Assessment:
   - Conduct ongoing research and evaluation to measure the impact of the program on inmate participants, including their acquisition of skills, attitudes towards agriculture, and prospects for post-release employment.


The implementation of inmate agriculture activities under the Farmer's Pride International RUIAPP represents a proactive and innovative approach to rehabilitation and reintegration. By providing inmates with agricultural training, entrepreneurship skills, and personal development opportunities, the program aims to equip them with the tools needed to succeed in the agricultural sector and contribute positively to society upon release. Through this initiative, the program not only fosters the development of valuable skills but also promotes sustainable agriculture practices and environmental stewardship within correctional facilities, ultimately supporting the successful transition of inmates back into society and the workforce. This approach not only benefits the individuals involved but also contributes to the broader goals of sustainable agriculture and social reintegration.

Financing of the RUAIPP: 

Comprehensive Financing and Sustainability Strategy


Farmer's Pride International's Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) has developed a comprehensive financing and sustainability strategy to support its agricultural initiatives. The program leverages a variety of financial mechanisms and partnerships to ensure the long-term sustainability of its projects and to provide support to farmers and rural communities. The strategy encompasses the following key elements:


 1. Self-Help Microfinance Credit Schemes:

RUIAPP implements self-help microfinance credit schemes that provide access to small loans and financial services for farmers, especially women and young entrepreneurs. These microfinance initiatives empower farmers to invest in agricultural inputs, equipment, and technologies, enabling them to expand their farming operations and improve their livelihoods. Additionally, the program offers financial literacy training to build the capacity of participants to manage their finances and leverage credit effectively.


 2. Investments in Agricultural Enterprises:

RUIAPP encourages investments in agricultural enterprises by facilitating access to capital for smallholder farmers and agribusinesses. The program identifies investment opportunities in value chain development, agro-processing, and market-oriented agricultural activities, attracting private and impact investors to support sustainable agricultural projects. By fostering an enabling environment for agricultural investments, RUIAPP stimulates economic growth and creates employment opportunities within rural and urban communities.


 3. Grants from Donor and Funding Agencies:

The program actively seeks grants from donor organizations, development agencies, and philanthropic foundations to secure funding for its agricultural initiatives. RUIAPP uses these grants to finance capacity-building activities, technology adoption, infrastructure development, and community-based projects that promote sustainable agriculture, agroecology, and inclusive development. By leveraging external grants, the program expands its reach and impact, particularly in areas where financial resources are limited.


 4. Partnerships with Financial Institutions:

RUIAPP forms strategic partnerships with financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, and microfinance institutions, to facilitate access to financial products and services tailored to the needs of farmers and rural entrepreneurs. Through these partnerships, the program creates avenues for farmers to access savings, credit, insurance, and other financial tools that support their agricultural activities and resilience to economic shocks.


 5. Collaboration with Corporate and Social Investors:

Farmer's Pride International collaborates with corporate and social investors to mobilize resources for sustainable agricultural development. These partnerships involve engaging with impacted investors, corporate social responsibility programs, and socially responsible businesses to channel investments into initiatives that promote environmental sustainability, social inclusion, and economic empowerment within the agricultural sector.


 6. Sustainable Funding Models and Revenue Generation:

RUIAPP explores sustainable funding models, such as income-generating activities, value addition enterprises, and cost-recovery mechanisms, to build financial sustainability into its programs. By developing revenue-generating initiatives, the program aims to reduce dependency on external funding sources and create self-sustaining agricultural projects that generate income for reinvestment and expansion.


By implementing this multifaceted financing and sustainability strategy, Farmer's Pride International's RUIAPP aims to strengthen the financial resilience of smallholder farmers, promote inclusive economic growth, and advance sustainable agricultural development in rural and urban settings. Through innovative financial mechanisms, strategic partnerships, and a commitment to financial sustainability, the program seeks to create a lasting positive impact within agricultural communities while ensuring the long-term viability of its initiatives.

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SWOT analysis:


SWOT analysis for the Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) based on its program activities:



1. Agroecology: RUIAPP's focus on agroecology represents a strength as it promotes sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural practices.

2. Women's Involvement in Agriculture: The program's emphasis on women's involvement in agriculture can be a strength, as it can lead to increased diversity, innovation, and economic empowerment within rural and urban communities.

3. Training and Capacity Building: RUIAPP's commitment to training and capacity building can empower farmers with the knowledge and skills needed to improve their productivity and income.

4. Value Chain Development: By focusing on value chain development, RUIAPP can create opportunities for smallholder farmers to access higher-value markets and increase their income.



1. Gender Awareness and Empowerment: Despite the focus on gender awareness and empowerment, RUIAPP may face challenges in effectively implementing programs that empower women due to cultural and societal barriers.

2. Market Access: Accessing markets, especially for smallholder farmers, can be a weakness, as it may be challenging to establish consistent and profitable market channels for agricultural products.

3. Trade Barriers: The program may face obstacles related to trade barriers, including tariffs, quotas, and non-tariff barriers, which could hinder the export of African agrifood products.

4. Policy Influence and Advocacy: Weaknesses in policy influence and advocacy could limit the program's ability to shape agricultural policies and regulations in favour of smallholder farmers and agroecological practices.



1. Crops Selection: RUIAPP can capitalize on the growing demand for specific crops by strategically selecting and promoting high-value, climate-resilient crops that are well-suited to local conditions.

2. Farming Value Addition and Processing: There are opportunities to add value to agricultural products through processing, which can lead to higher profits and market differentiation.

3. African Agrifood Production Export Promotion: With the increasing global demand for quality African agrifood products, RUIAPP has the opportunity to promote and export these products to international markets.

4. Policy Influence and Advocacy: By strengthening its advocacy efforts, RUIAPP can influence policies that support sustainable agriculture, gender equality, and market access for smallholder farmers.



1. Market Access: Competition, price fluctuations, and market volatility can pose threats to the program's efforts to secure reliable and profitable market access for agricultural products.

2. Trade Barriers: External factors such as trade disputes, changing import/export regulations, and geopolitical tensions can create barriers to exporting agri-food products, especially to international markets.

3. Climate Change and Environmental Degradation: Environmental challenges such as climate change, water scarcity, and soil degradation can threaten agricultural productivity and livelihoods, particularly in rural areas.

4. Gender Inequality and Societal Norms: Deep-rooted gender inequalities and societal norms may present ongoing challenges in fully integrating women into agricultural activities and leadership roles.


Strategies to Address Challenges and Leverage Opportunities:

1. Strengthening Women's Empowerment: Implement targeted programs that provide women with access to resources, training, and leadership opportunities to overcome gender-related challenges.

2. Market Diversification: Explore new markets and value-added products to reduce dependence on the single market and mitigate the impact of market volatility.

3. Policy Advoc


Strategies to Address Challenges and Leverage Opportunities:


1. Strengthening Women's Empowerment: Implement targeted programs that provide women with access to resources, training, and leadership opportunities to overcome gender-related challenges. By providing women with the necessary skills and resources, Farmer's Pride International can empower women to take on more active roles in the agriculture sector, leading to improved productivity and economic growth for both the women and the communities in which they live.


2. Market Diversification: Explore new markets and value-added products to reduce dependence on a single market and mitigate the impact of market volatility. Farmer's Pride International can conduct market research to identify new opportunities for agricultural products and develop strategies to diversify its market channels. Additionally, investing in value-added products such as processed foods or organic products can create new revenue streams and reduce the program's vulnerability to market fluctuations.


3. Policy Advocacy and Influence: Farmer's Pride International can engage in advocacy efforts to influence agricultural policies and regulations that support sustainable agriculture, gender equality, and market access for smallholder farmers. This can be achieved through partnerships with government agencies, NGOs, and other stakeholders to advocate for policies that benefit smallholder farmers, promote agroecology, and address gender disparities in agriculture. Moreover, the program can work to shape trade policies that reduce barriers and facilitate the export of African agrifood products.


4. Climate Resilience and Sustainable Practices: Given the threats posed by climate change and environmental degradation, Farmer's Pride International can integrate climate-resilient practices into its programs, such as promoting drought-resistant crops, water-efficient irrigation techniques, and soil conservation practices. By doing so, the program can help farmers adapt to changing environmental conditions and contribute to sustainable agricultural production.


5. Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer: Farmer's Pride International can enhance its training and capacity-building initiatives by leveraging technology and innovative teaching methods to reach a wider audience. This can include the use of digital platforms for online learning, demonstration plots for practical training, and farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing to disseminate best practices and new agricultural techniques.


By implementing these strategies, Farmer's Pride International can address the identified challenges and leverage the opportunities present in its program activities to achieve sustainable agricultural development, promote gender equality, and enhance market access for smallholder farmers.

PEST Analyses 


PEST analysis for Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) based on its program activities:

Political Factors:

- Policy Influence and Advocacy: The program's ability to influence agricultural policies and regulations directly impacts its success. Political stability and supportive government policies are crucial for the implementation and success of RUIAPP's initiatives.

- Trade Barriers: Political decisions related to trade agreements, tariffs, and regulations can significantly impact the program's efforts to promote African agrifood production and export. Trade negotiations and diplomatic relations with importing countries are essential political considerations.

Strategies to Address Political Challenges:

- Engage in policy advocacy and lobbying efforts to influence agricultural policies that support sustainable agriculture, market access, and trade facilitation.

- Establish partnerships with government agencies and policymakers to communicate the program's objectives and seek support for policy changes that align with RUIAPP's goals.

Economic Factors:

- Market Access: Economic factors such as market demand, economic stability, and purchasing power influence the program's ability to access markets for agricultural products. Fluctuations in currency exchange rates and global economic conditions can impact export opportunities for African agrifood products.

- Trade Barriers: Economic factors such as tariffs, quotas, and non-tariff barriers can create challenges for the export of agricultural products, affecting the program's ability to access international markets.

Strategies to Address Economic Challenges:

- Diversify market channels and explore opportunities in emerging economies with growing demand for agrifood products.

- Strengthen partnerships with regional economic blocs and trade organizations to address trade barriers and promote the export of African agrifood products.

Social Factors:

- Women and Youth Involvement: Social attitudes and cultural norms related to gender roles and youth participation can impact the program's efforts to promote women and youth involvement in agriculture. Addressing social barriers and fostering inclusive practices is essential for achieving gender empowerment and youth engagement.

- Gender Awareness and Empowerment: Social factors related to gender equality, community dynamics, and traditional roles may pose challenges to RUIAPP's gender empowerment initiatives.

Strategies to Address Social Challenges:

- Implement targeted awareness campaigns and community engagement programs to promote gender equality, women's empowerment, and youth participation in agricultural activities.
- Collaborate with local community leaders, women's groups, and youth organizations to address cultural barriers and promote inclusive agricultural practices.

Technological Factors:

- Agroecology and Sustainable Practices: Access to appropriate agricultural technologies, sustainable farming practices, and innovative solutions play a crucial role in the success of RUIAPP's agroecology initiatives.

- Value Addition and Processing: Technological advancements in food processing, preservation, and value addition are essential for enhancing the quality and marketability of agricultural products.

Strategies to Address Technological Challenges:

- Facilitate technology transfer and provide training on sustainable agricultural practices to farmers, emphasizing the adoption of agroecological methods and efficient processing techniques.

- Foster partnerships with research institutions, technology providers, and industry experts to access innovative solutions that enhance the value chain and promote sustainable farming practices.

By addressing the challenges and taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the PEST factors, Farmer's Pride International's RUIAPP can enhance its impact in promoting sustainable agriculture, gender empowerment, and market access for African agrifood products. This comprehensive approach will contribute to the long-term success and sustainability of the program's initiatives.

Program Compliance Teams: 

RUAIPP has international and national teams that work closely on program compliance in partnership with investment and or funding partners, the purpose of a program compliance team is to ensure that an organization's programs, processes, and operations comply with relevant laws, regulations, policies, and industry standards. The team forms itself to be the RUAIPP Executive Committee and shall from time to time co-opt in other national and international team members. 

Key responsibilities of the program compliance team include:

1. Monitoring and interpreting regulations: Keeping abreast of relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards that affect the organization's operations.

2. Developing policies and procedures: Creating and implementing internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with external requirements.

3. Training and education: Providing training and educational resources to employees to ensure that they understand and adhere to compliance requirements.

4. Auditing and monitoring: Conducting regular audits and assessments to ensure that the organization is complying with applicable laws and regulations.

5. Reporting and communication: Communicating compliance requirements and issues to relevant stakeholders within the organization, as well as to external regulators and authorities when necessary.

6. Risk assessment and management: Identifying potential compliance risks and developing strategies to mitigate them.

7. Investigating and resolving compliance issues: Investigating any compliance violations or issues that arise and taking corrective actions to address them.

Overall, the program compliance team plays a crucial role in helping the organization to operate within the boundaries of donor/investor agreements, and national and international applicable laws and regulations, thereby reducing the risk of legal and financial consequences associated with non-compliance.

Below is the International Executive Council (IEC), led by the Executive President and Founder of Farmer's Pride International, who works with external compliance teams and plays a crucial role in providing leadership and direction to the organization and its RUAIPP. Below are the roles and duties of the IEC and its members:

1. *Executive President and Founder*:
   - Provides overall strategic leadership and vision for the organization.
   - Acts as the primary representative of the organization at international events, conferences, and high-level meetings.
   - Makes high-level decisions related to the organization's operations, programs, and initiatives.
   - Ensures alignment of the organization's activities with its mission and goals.

2. *Vice Presidents (CEO and COO)*:
   - The CEO and COO work closely with regional and national leadership, as well as with donors, funders, and investors to ensure the success of the organization's initiatives.
   - They are responsible for the day-to-day operations and execution of the organization's strategic plans.
   - Provide leadership and guidance to the organization's various departments and teams.
   - Collaborate with other members of the IEC to set the strategic direction for the organization and ensure alignment with its mission and goals.

3. *Collective Duties*:
   - Setting the strategic direction and vision for the organization.
   - Provide overall leadership and guidance to the entire organization.
   - Making high-level decisions related to the organization's operations, programs, and initiatives.
   - Representing the organization at international events, conferences, and high-level meetings.
   - Ensuring the alignment of the organization's activities with its mission and goals.

Overall, the IEC is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization, providing leadership and guidance, making high-level decisions, and representing the organization at international forums. The CEO and COO specifically focus on the day-to-day operations and the success of the organization's initiatives, while working closely with various stakeholders to achieve the organization's goals.

Regional Coordination:

Regional Coordinator: - RUAIPP operates in multiple countries, and the Regional Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the program's implementation at the national level in their respective countries.   - Works closely with the Country Director and their teams and other coordinators to ensure consistency and alignment across borders. The person works with a team of three people: Finance, programming and Policy.

The duties of the Regional Coordinators in the Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) are multifaceted and crucial to the success of the program. Here is a breakdown of their duties:

1. *Internal Audits*:
   - Conduct regular internal audits to ensure compliance with organizational policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements.
   - Identifying areas for improvement and making recommendations to enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness.

2. *Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activities*:
   - Developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation frameworks to assess the impact and effectiveness of RUIAPP projects and initiatives.
   - Analyzing data and providing insights to support evidence-based decision-making.
   - Facilitating learning activities to capture best practices and lessons learned for knowledge sharing and continuous improvement.

3. *Project Compliance*:
   - Ensuring that RUIAPP projects and activities adhere to relevant laws, regulations, and funding requirements.
   - Collaborating with Country Directors and their teams to address any compliance issues and mitigate risks.

4. *Cross-Border Coordination*:
   - Facilitating collaboration and communication between different countries and regions where RUIAPP operates.
   - Working closely with Country Directors and their teams to align strategies and initiatives for cohesive and integrated program implementation.

5. *Reporting and Communication*:
   - Provide regular reports on program performance, compliance status, and key findings from audits and evaluations.
   - Communicating with the International Executive Council and reporting on regional activities, challenges, and successes.

6. *Consultation and Support*:
   - Offering consultancy and support to Country Directors and their teams in addressing operational, compliance, and performance-related issues.
   - Provide guidance and expertise in the development and implementation of agricultural and rural/urban development projects.

These duties are pivotal in ensuring the smooth operations of RUIAPP, promoting compliance and best practices, and fostering collaboration across different countries and regions. The Regional Coordinators play a vital role in supporting the overall objectives of the program and contributing to its success.

RUAIPP Country Staff Compliment: 

The coordination structure of the Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) involves multiple levels of leadership and responsibility. Let's break down the responsibilities of each role within the country board and the broader organizational structure:

Country Board:


These are elected members who serve for a term and or Shareholders: 

All board members are policymakers, and they are responsible for setting the strategic direction and policies of the program. They ensure that the program aligns with the organization's mission and values, and they may also be involved in advocating for supportive government policies and regulations.

1. Chairman: The Chairman of the Country Board provides leadership and direction to the board members. They are responsible for ensuring that the board functions effectively and that decisions are made in line with the program's objectives.

2. Vice Chairman: The Vice Chairman supports the Chairman in their duties and may act in their absence. They also play a key role in facilitating communication and collaboration among board members and other stakeholders.

3. Secretary: The Secretary is responsible for organizing board meetings, recording minutes, and maintaining official records. They also help ensure that the board operates in compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

4. Deputy Secretary: The Deputy Secretary assists the Secretary in their duties and may take on additional responsibilities as needed.

5. Treasurer: The Treasurer manages the program's finances, including budgeting, financial reporting, and ensuring compliance with financial regulations. They also provide financial oversight and guidance to the program.

6. Committee Members (2): Committee members contribute to board discussions, provide expertise in specific areas, and may lead or participate in subcommittees focused on key aspects of the program's operations, such as finance, governance, or program evaluation.

Country Leadership Team:

1. Country Director: The Country Director leads the overall country program, overseeing the strategic direction, program implementation, and partnership development. They are responsible for ensuring that the program achieves its goals and objectives within the country.

2. Deputy Country Director: The Deputy Country Director supports the Country Director in their duties and may take on specific areas of responsibility as delegated.

3. National Coordinator: The National Coordinator leads all coordination and organizational activities related to the program's business operations, ensuring alignment with the overall program strategy and goals.

Program Staff:

1. Senior Program Manager: The Senior Program Manager oversees the planning, implementation, and evaluation of program activities. They provide leadership to the program team and ensure that projects are executed effectively.

2. Program Assistant: The Program Assistant provides administrative and logistical support to the program team, including scheduling, documentation, and communication.

3. Agriculture Trainers: Agriculture Trainers are responsible for providing training and technical assistance to farmers and other stakeholders, promoting innovative agricultural practices and technologies.

4. Capacity Building Specialist: The Capacity Building Specialist focuses on developing the skills and knowledge of program participants, including farmers, community members, and program staff.

5. Gender Empowerment Coordinator: The Gender Empowerment Coordinator leads efforts to promote gender equality and empower women within the program, ensuring that gender considerations are integrated into all activities.

6. Agronomist and Crop Specialist: The Agronomist and Crop Specialist provides expertise in crop production, soil management, and agricultural techniques, supporting farmers in maximizing their yields and sustainability.

7. Policy Influence and Advocacy Specialist: The Policy Influence and Advocacy Specialist works to influence policies at various levels of government and advocates for favourable agricultural policies that support the program's objectives.

8. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer: The M&E Officer designs and implements systems for monitoring and evaluating the program's activities and outcomes. They are responsible for developing data collection tools, establishing performance indicators, and conducting regular assessments to measure the program's progress and impact. The M&E Officer also provides valuable feedback to the program team, enabling evidence-based decision-making and continuous improvement. Additionally, they may be involved in reporting to stakeholders, donors, and the organization's leadership to demonstrate the program's effectiveness and inform future planning.

Administrative and Support Staff:


The administrative and support staff play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth operation of the program. Their responsibilities may include:

1. Office Management X 2: Managing day-to-day office operations, including handling correspondence, maintaining office supplies, and ensuring a well-organized and efficient work environment.

2. Logistics and Procurement X 1: Handling procurement activities, managing inventory, and coordinating logistics for program activities, including transportation and distribution of materials.

3. Human Resources Officer X 1: Assisting with human resources activities such as recruitment, onboarding, and personnel record-keeping.

4. Financial Administration X 2: Providing support for financial activities, such as processing payments, managing petty cash, and assisting with budget tracking.

5. Information Technology (IT) Support X 2: Addressing basic IT needs within the office, including troubleshooting minor technical issues, maintaining office equipment, and coordinating with external IT support as needed.

6. Communications Officer X 2: Assisting with internal and external communications, including managing incoming inquiries, drafting routine correspondence, and supporting the dissemination of program information.

7. Events Coordinator X 1: Assists in the coordination of meetings, workshops, and other program events, including logistical arrangements and support during the events.

8. Record Keeping and Documentation X 2: Maintaining program records, filing documents, and ensuring that program data and information are organized and easily accessible.

9. Other Administrative Support x 4: Providing general administrative support to the program team, including scheduling meetings, managing calendars, and assisting with travel arrangements, deliveries and office upkeep.

Administrative and support staff are essential in enabling the program's technical and programmatic staff to focus on their core responsibilities by providing the necessary administrative infrastructure and support.

National Project Coordination:

The responsibilities of the various coordinators within the Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) are integral to the successful implementation and coordination of the program at different levels. Here's a breakdown of their responsibilities:

1. National Coordinator:
   - The National Coordinator is part of the National leadership, he/she takes instruction from the Country Director, and or the deputy country director works and reports and is responsible for overseeing the overall implementation of the RUIAPP at the national level.

   - Recruits and works with other coordinators at lower levels.
   - Acts as the point of contact for the RUAIPP Executive Council (EC) and ensures that the objectives of the program are aligned with the overarching goals of the organization.
   - Provides guidance and support to lower-level coordinators.

2. Events Coordinator:
   - Responsible for organizing and managing events related to the RUIAPP, such as workshops, training sessions, and agricultural fairs.
   - Ensures that events are well-coordinated and aligned with the program's objectives.

3. Provincial Coordinator:
   - Oversees the implementation of the RUIAPP within a specific province or region.
   - Works closely with district coordinators to ensure that activities are carried out effectively at the provincial level.

4. District Coordinator:
   - Responsible for coordinating RUIAPP activities within a specific district.
   - Works with village coordinators and other local stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of the program at the district level.

6. Ward Coordinators:
   - Responsible for coordinating RUIAPP activities within a specific ward or administrative area.
   - Act as a liaison between village coordinators and higher-level coordinators.

7. Village Coordinators:
   - Work at the grassroots level, directly engaging with community members and local farmers.
   - Responsible for implementing RUIAPP activities within their respective villages, including organizing training sessions, disseminating information, and facilitating local initiatives.

8. Cluster Coordinators:
   - Coordinate activities within specific clusters of villages or communities.
   - Work closely with village coordinators to ensure that resources and support are effectively distributed within their clusters.

Overall, the RUIAPP coordinators play a crucial role in ensuring that the program's activities are effectively implemented, monitored, and reported at various levels, from the grassroots to the national level. Their efforts contribute to the overall success and impact of the program in rural and urban agricultural innovation and production.

An Overview of Rural and Urban  Activities and their Benefits :


Why Rural Agriculture?

Rural agriculture promotes rural development and is understood primarily in the economic sense as the process of assuring a progressive improvement in the economic security of people in rural areas. Rural areas are usually defined in terms of maximum population density, with figures varying from 150 to 500 inhabitants per square kilometre, depending on the structure of society.

Image by Sveta Fedarava

While any economic activity in rural areas will have the potential to contribute to rural development, the particular roles farming plays fall into broad categories:


  1. Farming is the fabric of rural society and, in many countries of the world, it is the main economic activity.            

  2. Any sudden and profound changes which impacted the farm sector could have severe consequences in terms of social and political stability in economically developing countries.

  3. Agriculture also plays an important part in rural development, especially due to land use, in countries where the sector is of less economic significance.

  4. The main potential contributions of farming to rural development are in terms of supporting employment, ancillary businesses, and environmental services. In peripheral regions, farming may be necessary to support economic and social infrastructure.

  5. Rural development policies should exploit the contribution of farming, both in terms of improving on-farm activities and supporting ancillary services to secure sustainable development for rural areas.

  6. In the context of agricultural reform, World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules should contain sufficient flexibility to allow countries to promote rural development, especially to preserve social and political stability.

  7. In rural areas throughout the world, agriculture represents the predominant land use and a major component of the viability of rural areas. Farming and related activities make up the basic fabric of rural life, contributing significantly to the overall state of rural regions in terms of employment and business opportunities, infrastructure, and quality of the environment.

  8. The degree to which farming represents a share of the rural economy, and hence its relative importance as a sector determines its potential economic contribution to rural development. In some countries, farming may be the primary economic activity of a region and support the vast majority of the population in employment. In such regions, it is clear that overall social and political stability is inextricably linked with the conditions of the agriculture sector.

  9. However, in most economically developed countries, farming accounts for a relatively small part of a diversified rural economy, and in addition, the significance of agriculture in terms of the proportion of national wealth and employment is, in most regions, in decline. This does not lessen the potential role of farming in rural development in those countries, but the contribution of alternative economic activities, which may offer durable prospects for employment and economic progress, should also be included.

  10. Since the contribution of farming to rural development in different countries varies to a great extent, policy responses need to be correspondingly distinguished, with the aim of maximizing benefits to society.

  11. Lastly, increased economic stability in developing countries can be provided through the farm-based rural economy by encouraging the development of activities to add value to their production, such as processing consumer products on-farm or in rural areas. Farmers can also take greater control of their economic position through cooperative ventures or by selling to consumers directly through farm shops and markets.

Why Urban & Peri-Urban Agriculture: 

It's all about greening the cities and growing food for all. 

Urban farming is not a new concept, but it is gaining new support among diverse citizen groups all over the country. Schools, colleges, churches, city councils, government agencies, parks departments, anti-hunger groups, healthcare providers, and nonprofit organizations are coming together to give a fresh new meaning to “greening the city.”

Urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) can be defined as practices that yield food and other outputs through agricultural production and related processes (transformation, distribution, marketing, recycling…), taking place on land and other spaces within cities and surrounding regions.

It involves urban and peri-urban actors, communities, methods, places, policies, institutions, systems, ecologies, and economies, largely using and regenerating local resources to meet the changing needs of local populations while serving multiple goals and functions.

UPA offers a fundamental strategy for building the resilience of a city’s food supply.

The population of the world is steadily growing. Most of this population growth is concentrated in cities and urban areas, which means, 68 percent of the world’s 9.7 billion inhabitants will be urban dwellers by 2050. Many of those currently living in cities, especially though not

exclusively in the Global South, are malnourished, impoverished, and food insecure. Urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) is a vital strategy for building the resilience of cities’ food supply, reducing poverty and increasing employment, improving nutritional outcomes, and mitigating environmental degradation of urban spaces. While UPA is no silver bullet, when combined with effective city-region planning, the food system can more efficiently meet the needs of diverse actors in urban areas.  These projects are not the only examples of worldwide efforts to bring attention to growing populations and food systems but represent the different forms that urban agriculture can take.Read more>>>

Almost a billion people around the world practice urban agriculture. (FAO)

Urban population.

What is an Urban Farm?

An urban farm is part of a local food system where food is cultivated and produced within an urban area and marketed to consumers within that urban area. Urban farming can also include animal husbandry (e.g., breeding and raising livestock), beekeeping, aquaculture (e.g., fish farming), aquaponics (e.g., integrating fish farming and agriculture), and non-food products such as producing seeds, cultivating seedlings, and growing flowers. It can be characterized in terms of the geographic proximity of a producer to the consumer, sustainable production, and distribution practices. Urban farms can take a variety of forms including non-profit gardens and for-profit businesses. They can provide jobs, job training, and health education, and they can contribute to better nutrition and health for the community by providing locally grown, fresh produce and other products. In addition, urban farms can also contribute to the revitalization of abandoned or underutilized urban land, social and economic benefits to urban communities, and beneficial impacts on the urban landscape. Read more>>>>

Urban agriculture allows for the development of a variety of environmental, economic, and social benefits to the surrounding communities. Urban farming can reduce transportation costs, help reduce runoff associated with heavy rainfall, and lead to better air quality. For the Profitability of the UPA, read more here>>>>

Rural and Urban Farming:

The synergistic integration of rural and urban farming under the Agriculture-based Clusters (ABCs) strategy, as part of Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP), offers a multitude of benefits that contribute to sustainable agricultural development, economic growth, and improved food security.


The ABC's strategy emphasizes the interconnectedness of rural and urban agricultural activities within specific geographic areas, leveraging their complementary strengths to create mutually beneficial relationships. Here are some key benefits of this synergistic approach:

1. Diversified and Sustainable Food Production: By combining rural and urban agricultural activities, ABC’s strategy promotes diversified food production. Rural areas often have expansive land suitable for large-scale crop cultivation and livestock rearing, while urban areas provide opportunities for intensive, high-value crop production through techniques such as vertical farming and hydroponics. This collaboration ensures a more resilient and sustainable food supply chain, reducing reliance on external sources and enhancing food security.

2. Efficient Resource Utilization: The ABCs strategy encourages the efficient use of resources by leveraging the comparative advantages of rural and urban environments. For example, rural areas may have access to abundant land and water resources, while urban areas offer markets for agricultural products, access to technological innovations, and potential for value addition through food processing and distribution. By optimizing the allocation of resources across these areas, the program can enhance productivity and economic efficiency.

3. Economic Development and Job Creation: By fostering agricultural clusters that connect rural producers with urban markets, the ABCs strategy stimulates economic development in both settings. It creates opportunities for value addition, agro-processing, and the development of agri-businesses, leading to job creation and income generation. Additionally, improved market access for rural producers can lead to increased incomes and improved livelihoods, contributing to poverty reduction and rural development.

4. Environmental Sustainability: The integration of rural and urban farming supports environmental sustainability by promoting agroecological practices, resource conservation, and reduced carbon footprint. Through the adoption of sustainable farming techniques and the preservation of natural habitats, the ABCs strategy contributes to biodiversity conservation and mitigates the environmental impact of agricultural activities.

5. Knowledge and Technology Transfer: This synergistic approach encourages the exchange of knowledge, skills, and technologies between rural and urban agricultural practitioners. This cross-pollination of ideas fosters innovation, enhances agricultural productivity, and facilitates the adoption of best practices across diverse farming systems. It also promotes capacity building and skill development among farmers, fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

6. Community Empowerment and Social Inclusion: The ABCs strategy promotes community engagement and collaboration, fostering partnerships between rural and urban stakeholders. By involving local communities in the planning and implementation of agricultural activities, the program empowers individuals and enhances social inclusion, particularly among smallholder farmers and marginalized groups. This inclusive approach contributes to the overall well-being of rural and urban populations.

In summary, the synergistic integration of rural and urban farming under the Agriculture-based Clusters (ABCs) strategy within Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) offers a holistic and sustainable approach to agricultural development. By leveraging the complementary strengths of rural and urban environments, this strategy has the potential to drive inclusive economic growth, improve food security, and promote environmental sustainability, ultimately contributing to the overall prosperity of communities involved in the program.

Mindset Change:

For agricultural transformation to take place, certain changes need to take place, we must all know that agriculture is not just a planning exercise, it's a process and needs everyone to understand the importance of growing what we will eat and sell to others. It's encouraging to note that most governments across the world are adopting mindset change as a policy, this will lead their people to understand that agriculture is not a way of life but a business. In Africa, subsistence agriculture has been a way of life for years. In implementing RUAIPP FPI-I put much emphasis on mindset and behavior change as this leads farmers to fully understand the benefits of growing crops both for food and to sell for profit. Mindset Change has been FPI-I's skills and knowledge transfer workshops from the year 2020, as we transformed our activities from a pre-COVID-19 to a post-COVID-19 time.

RUAIPP aims to partner with Country Governments line ministries and customary and religious leaders in communities across the world to serve as Coordinators that administer this Agriculture-based Based Cluster program.

The Coordination teams appoint community leaders per village who will recruit farmers to bring them for training, deploy them back into their communities, and monitor their progress throughout the project. 

Change agents (Influensers)  identified and mobilized:

The success of any agricultural transformation relies on how millions of smallholder farmers and medium-sized enterprises can be assisted to change farming practices as quickly and effectively as possible. There is a need for critical enablers, without which an agricultural transformation is likely to fail, FPI--I is a  “change agent” that helps farmers modify their practices. It works with its country's change agents who are coordinators between FPI-I and farming communities, these are people whom farmers trust and interact with regularly.


Change agents provide a critical interface with our farming membership. To catalyze this, our change agents in the case of FPI-I's RUAIPP program are the coordinators who provide extension knowledge, offering to network farmers for farming inputs such as fertilizer, aggregating crops, or facilitating marketing services. For example, a change agent can help farmers make the transition from growing wheat to more complicated but lucrative opportunities, to achieve this FPI-I uses a cluster or Block farming strategy.



Bag potato farming Botswana
Image by Jeffrey Grospe

Bag Potato Farming (RUAIPP)

Sunflower Farming (RUAIPP)

These projects were chosen because of their high income-earning potential, export capacity, and ability to create jobs through the value chain - bringing in foreign direct investment in the process. In addition to these economic benefits, these projects are very low-cost- and several of them can be done from one’s own backyard with minimal provisions. Planting potatoes in bags, for example, is a profitable and fun way of growing spuds in small gardens and on patios and balconies. Potatoes grown this way are also less susceptible to pests and diseases, offering you a better chance of achieving great results.
It's backyard farming and that does not need much land, which means everyone can participate.
After a sizable number of people have been recruited into this project, it will now be time to go and plant potatoes on the farms. (Just one hectare of potato can yield two to four times the food quantity of grain crops. Potatoes produce more food per unit of water than any other major crop and are up to seven times more efficient in using water than cereals.)

Potential benefits and beneficiaries include:

⁃ Income and enhanced urban and rural employment through additional or off-season
⁃ Improved food security;
⁃ Increased availability of food and better nutrition through food diversity;
⁃ Decreased crime as youths create jobs in their communities.
⁃ Decreased risk through diversification;
⁃ Environmental benefits from recycling water and waste nutrients, controlling shade, dust, and   

  erosion, and maintaining or increasing local biodiversity.

Overview of the program Crops & and their various by-products:

FPI-I’s methodology for developing profitable, globally demanded cross-border value chains in cash crops is rooted in the clustering of farms as business units for mass production (Out Growers).
To start off, farmers will undergo short training in cash crop production (Skills and Knowledge transfer) and are then asked to go into clusters in their Rural, urban, Peri-urban, and Farming communities to start their projects.

Value Addition:

Below, we will give you a few crops and their value-added byproducts:

The potato crop can be processed into a range of value-added products such as crisps,
various snack food items, French fries, dried products such as flakes, and convenience products
such as pre-peeled potatoes and Vodka.


Other products include the Production of Potato Chips and wafers, Potato Granules, Potato Wine, Alcohol, Vodka, Sticks, French Fries, Potato Specialities, Dehydrated, Frozen Potato Products, Potato Starch, Potato Powder, Flakes and pellets, Liquid Glucose, value-added Products.

Frozen Chips or French Fries (RUAIPP)

Sunflower Processing:


Sunflowers can be processed into the following products: yellow dyes, animal fodders, cooking oils, butter, granola, cereal, bread, bakery products, trail mix, and pasta, among othergoods

Sunflower Cooking oil Production and Processing 


Moringa benefits the environment: 

It is drought-resistant and fast-growing, moringa gives developing-world families the power to restore their local environment and impact global reforestation. Planting moringa removes carbon dioxide from the air, produces oxygen, holds moisture in the soil, provides erosion control, and reforests the land

Moringa can be processed into the following products: such as tea, leaves and leaf powder, oil, and moringa seeds have numerous applications in food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and animal feed industries, biodiesel, water purificators, and liquids to name but a few of the more than 100 products from the miracle tree, each of its products are on demand globally and will bring foreign currency to any country.

Moringa Processing


Vertical Farming?

Vertical farming is the agricultural process in which crops are grown on top of each other, rather than in traditional, horizontal rows. Growing vertically allows for the conservation of space, resulting in a higher crop yield per square foot of land used. Vertical farms are mainly located indoors, such as a warehouse, where they have the ability to control the environmental conditions for plants to succeed.

Vertical Farming, Video Credit to Rakimlong 

Den strategiske ramme:   

Mellem år 2021 til 2030 sigter FPI på at fremme  " Fattigdom  Reduktionsstrategier i Afrika  landdistrikter , er dette et mål, det håber at have opnået ved at fremme klyngelandbrugssystemer og mikrofinansieringsinvesteringer som bæredygtige midler til at booste  Afrikas landlige landbrug og integrationen af teknologi i landbrugets værdikæde, foregribende opmuntrende og målbare resultater inden da,  at hjælpe den med at gennemføre en informeret gennemgang af sin strategiske plan i december 2029, baseret på dens opnåelse og med den antagelse, at verdens regeringer, donorer og investorer vil anerkende, at de afrikanske landlige unge er nøgleudviklingspartnere og bør behandles som prioritet. interessenter, der skal støttes i at få adgang til billige midler, tilskud eller investeringsstøtte.

Verdensomspændende udfordringer:  

Det er i alles forståelse, at regeringer over hele verden kæmper med migration fra landdistrikter til byer, som er blevet en stor udfordring for enhver økonomi, hvor push and pull-faktorerne er fattigdom og mangel på job. Løsningen på at reducere sin vejafgift er at give støtte til unge grupper, der planlægger eller allerede er i landbrugets værdikæde, støtte bør komme gennem investering i det, de alle har i overflod "Akbart landbrugsjord". Industrialisering af landdistrikter, teknologisk kobling af dem til markedsdatanet samt omdanne dem til fødevareeksportzoner vil gå langt i at løse jobskabelse og fødevaremangel i Afrika og resten af verden.


FPI fremmer udvikling af klyngelandbrug  som et middel til at øge landbrugsproduktionen.


Økonomisk betragtes fordelene ved klyngedannelse på tre niveauer:

  • produktion,

  • markedsføring og

  • husstanden.


På produktionsniveau forbedrer klyngedannelse adgangen til produktionsinput: frø, kemikalier og gødning, teknologi og infrastruktur. Når et hvilket som helst af disse forbedrede input anvendes individuelt, vil produktiviteten stige, men når de forbedrede input anvendes kollektivt, er dramatiske stigninger i produktiviteten mulige.

  • Gennem kollektiv handling er småbønder i stand til at opretholde kontinuiteten i udbuddet, kvaliteten og det udvalg af produkter, som institutionelle købere efterspørger, og derved sætte dem i stand til at engagere sig på markeder med højere værdi.

  • Gennem at være et klyngemedlem rapporterer landmænd, at de var bedre i stand til at få adgang til markeder, markedsinformation og havde en bedre forståelse af markedets dynamik; det var lettere at få adgang til teknisk og økonomisk støtte; og med flere sociale forbindelser og flere muligheder for at engagere sig med andre landmænd, havde småbønder i høj grad forbedret deres tekniske viden og dyrkningsevner. ...

Efterspørgselsdrevet produktion:

Efterspørgselsdrevet landbrugsforskning og innovationer ,  videnskab og teknologisk innovation i landbruget er vigtige drivkræfter for økonomisk udvikling. Den afrikanske landbrugssektor er stadig den vigtigste arbejdsgiver, der giver job til den største del af befolkningen i Afrika og bidrager med over 25 % af BNP i de fleste afrikanske lande. Et positivt skift i grænsefladen mellem forskning og politik vil skabe et befordrende politisk økosystem i Afrika, som blandt andet vil muliggøre videngenerering, udveksling og læring; teknologioverførsel, optagelse og opskalering; og forretningsudvikling gennem kapacitetsopbygning. Dette vil føre til innovationer med samfundsøkonomiske fordele og virkninger.


Projektets overordnede mål:

At bidrage til at opnå bæredygtige landbrugserhverv og transformation af landdistrikter ved at fremme et inkluderende og innovativt miljø.


Nøgle specifikke mål:

  • Styrkelse af unges og kvinders kapacitet i Afrikas multi-stakeholder innovationsplatforme og links til løsninger inden for nationale, regionale og globale fødevaresystemer; at lette teknologi, overførsel og optagelse gennem læringsruter og involvering af flere interessenter; og

  • Forbedre rentabiliteten og beskæftigelsesmulighederne langs landbrugsråvarers værdikæder ved at etablere nationale og regionale Agricultural Business Learning Alliance (ABLA) platforme, forretningsudviklingstjenester og mentorskab.



  • Byg landdistrikterne rentable  landbrugsfokuserede innovationer  i 50 lande inden september 2025

  • Sikker  Mad sikkerhed  og ernæring  for 50 lande inden april 2027

  • Opretter landbrugsprojekter til unge i Afrika  i 100 lande inden år 2030  

  •   Baseret på vores bestræbelser på at integrere teknologi i landbrugets værdikæder, sker dette,  vi forventer at have oprettet 100  000 Agro-tilpassede virksomheder, samt 500.000 direkte job, der også vil skabe +1 million indirekte job hvert år i hele Afrika inden år 2035 . For at nå vores mål har vi draget fordel af den hurtige transformation af globale landbrugsfødevaresystemer og taget stilling i udviklingen af landdistrikter,  som er nøglen til at opbygge familier, lokalsamfund og nationale økonomier.




I at vejlede lande til at transformere deres fødevare- og landbrugssystemer, til at mainstreame bæredygtigt landbrug i stor skala og til at opnå Zero Hunger og flere andre SDG'er, udgik følgende 10 elementer fra FAO's regionale seminarer om agroøkologi:


Mangfoldighed; synergier; effektivitet; modstandsdygtighed; genbrug; samskabelse og deling af viden (beskriver fælles karakteristika ved agroøkologiske systemer, grundlæggende praksis og innovative tilgange)

Menneskelige og sociale værdier; kultur og madtraditioner (konteksttræk)

Ansvarlig styring: cirkulær og solidarisk økonomi (muliggørende miljø)

Disse 10 elementer i agroøkologi er indbyrdes forbundne og indbyrdes afhængige.

For at nå disse mål søger FPI teknisk og finansiel støtte til minimumsstøttepris (MSP) projekter inden for landbrugsforskning til udvikling (ARD), der adresserer udfordringer og/eller muligheder på lokalt, nationalt eller regionalt niveau.



Budget, Conclusions and Recommendations: 

To successfully revolutionize the agricultural sector through the implementation of Agriculture-based Clusters, Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP), and collaboration with various stakeholders such as African governments, development partners, NGOs, cooperatives, and associations, the following actions can be considered:

1. Policy and Regulatory Reforms: African governments should review and revise existing agricultural policies and regulations to create an enabling environment for the development of agriculture-based clusters. This may involve streamlining bureaucratic processes, improving access to land, providing incentives for investment, and ensuring favourable trade and market conditions.

2. Infrastructure Development: Adequate infrastructure is crucial for the success of agriculture-based clusters. Governments and development partners should invest in developing rural and urban infrastructure, including roads, irrigation systems, storage facilities, and processing units. This will enhance connectivity, reduce post-harvest losses, and facilitate efficient value chain management.

3. Access to Finance: Farmers, cooperatives, and small-scale agricultural enterprises require access to affordable financing options. Development partners and financial institutions should design and implement tailored financial products, such as low-interest loans, microcredit, and venture capital, to support agricultural entrepreneurship and innovation within the clusters.

4. Technology Adoption and Innovation: Promoting the adoption of modern agricultural technologies and practices is essential for increasing productivity and efficiency. Governments, NGOs, and development partners should support research and development, provide training and extension services, and facilitate the dissemination of appropriate technologies to farmers. This can include precision farming techniques, ICT tools, climate-smart practices, and sustainable farming methods.

5. Market Linkages and Value Chain Integration: Strengthening market linkages and integrating the entire agricultural value chain is crucial. Governments, NGOs, and associations should facilitate access to domestic and international markets, establish market information systems, support the creation of farmer cooperatives, and promote agribusiness development. This will enable farmers to obtain fair prices for their produce and enhance their competitiveness.

6. Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing: Training and capacity-building programs should be implemented to enhance the skills and knowledge of farmers, agricultural extension workers, and other stakeholders. This can include technical training, entrepreneurship development, climate change adaptation, and sustainable agriculture practices. Additionally, platforms for knowledge sharing and exchange, such as workshops, conferences, and online forums, should be established to foster collaboration and learning among different actors.

Establish a robust monitoring and evaluation framework to assess the progress and impact of agriculture-based clusters. This can involve the following steps:

a. Data Collection: Collect relevant data on key performance indicators such as crop yields, income levels, employment generation, value addition, and environmental sustainability. This data can be collected through surveys, interviews, and field visits.

b. Analysis and Reporting: Analyze the collected data to evaluate the performance of the agricultural clusters. Identify strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and success stories. Prepare comprehensive reports highlighting the findings and recommendations.

c. Stakeholder Engagement: Engage with stakeholders, including farmers, cooperatives, government agencies, NGOs, and development partners, to gather their feedback and perspectives on the clusters' effectiveness. Conduct consultations and workshops to discuss evaluation results and gather input for future improvements.

d. Learning and Adaptation: Utilize the evaluation findings to learn from successes and failures and adapt strategies accordingly. Identify areas for improvement and develop action plans to address the identified challenges. Share lessons learned with relevant stakeholders to promote knowledge sharing and replication of best practices.

e. Policy and Program Adjustment: Based on the evaluation results, governments and relevant authorities should review and adjust policies and programs to address the identified gaps and enhance the effectiveness of the agricultural clusters. This may involve making changes in regulations, allocation of resources, or introducing new initiatives.

f. Sustainability and Scaling-up: Assess the sustainability of agriculture-based clusters and explore opportunities for scaling up successful models. Identify potential barriers to sustainability and develop strategies to overcome them. Seek additional funding and partnerships to expand the clusters to other regions or replicate the model in different contexts.

g. Impact Assessment: Monitor the long-term impact of agriculture-based clusters on key development indicators, such as poverty reduction, food security, rural livelihoods, and environmental sustainability. Conduct impact assessments periodically to measure progress and inform future decision-making.

By implementing a robust monitoring and evaluation system, governments, development partners, NGOs, cooperatives, and associations can continuously improve the effectiveness and impact of the agriculture-based clusters, leading to a successful revolutionization of the agricultural sector.



Co-ordination and collaboration between FPI and implementing agencies 

Agriculture is a multi-sectoral and multi-dimensional sector. The effectiveness of the structure and mechanism formed for the coordination and collaboration among implementing agencies (ministries, local level actors, and private sectors as per their needs) should be enhanced in order to take ownership of the RUAIPP implementation.

The central focus should be at the local level i.e. on farmers rather than at the central or regional level, given the geographical diversity and social disparity of many African villages. The legal provision to make local agencies key responsible agencies for the coordination, monitoring, evaluation, facilitation, and implementation of desired results should be arranged.

RUAIPP implementation should adopt policies that encourage the local farmers to play a leading role in their community to unite and to present suggestions and inquisitiveness in favour of the farmers' interest. 

Human resources:


  1. For effective implementation of RUAIPP, human resource development, and capacity enhancement should be given priority. Agriculture education, research, and extension; agriculture university, school, and agriculture research centre establishment and expansion.

  2. Agriculture education is to be managed at the school level. Drifting apart from a blanket approach to providing education and services based on Geographical orientation and sensitivity. To support the harmonization of Agriculture education, research, and extension and for coordination to create an inter-ministerial channel with prefixed TOR (EDUCATION AND agriculture). For agricultural expansion, creating locally stationed schools is the focal point. 

  3. To manage awareness-raising classes in secondary schools by agriculture experts once a month, on topics related to the benefits of Organic agriculture products and the use of organic fertilizers to include agriculture-related topics in teachers’ training. 

  4. Quality and niche products are competitive; farmers developing technology should be encouraged. 

Long-term land management:

  1. For agriculture, land reforming is important. To address the difficulty of agricultural land, RUAIPP, in coordination with any Government's Ministry of Land Management, should prepare an action plan (to be mentioned in the strategy) about land utilization and management. Formulation of the plan for the utilization of land for the agriculture sector. 

  2. The growth of residences in agriculture-friendly land has an impact on it. Therefore; settlement development should be managed in the resident area only. A land utilization policy should be implemented to protect agricultural land from being developed as a resident area.

  3. For Landless farmers free classes) to manage safe residence and contractual land with all agriculture facilities to be provided for income generation. There should be a mechanism for proper monitoring and evaluation while giving the land. 

  4. There can be no growth in agriculture production and social justice unless the landless farmers are managed. RUAIPP should look to resolve this conflict. 

  5. Plotting of agricultural land is an important aspect of increment in agriculture production. Proper management of plotting through Community, Agriculture Based Clusters, and private businesses. Based on this, those who want to work in the community farming system should be given an allocated dimension of the land and also manage a 50% subsidy from the production of the first year. There should be a proper legal reformation for this. 

Seed Production And Distribution:

  1. Protection, preservation, and promotion of Traditional and local seeds and saplings.

  2. For this, participatory research management in the involvement of lead farmers.

  3. Protection of patent rights.

  4. Participatory research facilities.

  5. Encouragement to farmers for seed production and to provide insurance facilities to these farmers.

  6. Also to encourage private and cooperative sectors in seed production for business through seed industry management. 

Organic Agriculture :

To promote organic farming in hilly regions, provide subsidies to farmers for organic certification and promotion of compost fertilizers. Development of “organic zone” and pocket packaging approach for promotion of organic production.

Fertilizers :

Easy and free accessibility of organic fertilizers, pesticides and other natural soil fertility enhancers to increase agriculture production for the growing population. There must be a factory for non-chemical fertilizers in every program country, its establishment is essential. 

Timely and ecological :

  1. Programs that aid in the protection of land ecology and climate change minimization should be implemented.

  2. Management of the impact of landslides, floods, and other natural disasters should be given priority

  3. For agriculture development-related projects, agriculture and forest or land and water relations should be addressed.

  4. Coordination between the Ministry of Forest and the Ministry of Agriculture promotes herbal products and its business.

  5. RUAIPP needs to address the forest industry, especially agroforestry too.

  6. All this needs to be rightly addressed. 

Financial and other support to farmers 

  1. Governments must classify the farmers based on the update of the agriculture census and provide them with identity cards based on this.

  2. Monitoring of the services provided to farmers by the government.

  3. Availability of credit cards to the farmers.

  4. Pension fund establishment for agricultural labourers.

  5. Simplification of the procedure for registration of agriculture-related industry  

  6. Formulation of necessary strategy after farmers’ classification. To guarantee self-dependent food security, provide a 50% subsidy in the agriculture investment of farmers to increase productivity on every inch of the land.

  7. Formulation of a work plan to regulate the market from local mechanisms and its monitoring.

  8. Provide subsidies to farmers in the transportation of agriculture logistics in hard-to-reach areas.

  9. All Village Development at the community level has one cooperative market, collection, and distribution centre. To provide subsidies in agriculture technology and raw materials to farmers who are willing to start an agriculture business  

  10. Creating employment for Farmers who are unemployed during the seasonal time.

  11. Proper evaluation of the contribution of women in agriculture, identification of women farmers, land ownership, and special priority in agriculture facilities. 

Value Chain Development:


Though the strategy has given priority to value chain development, there are still limitations. RUIAPP hasn’t given much attention to fruits, flower farming, spice-related products, bee farming, fish farming,  animals and poultry. These need to be included in the value chain as they are important from an ecological viewpoint, nutritious, promote export, and also important for employment generation. 


Crop Protection And Agriculture Tourism: 


To drive Agro-tourism, increased production of local food and crops as well as emphasizing locally available foods and recipes can stimulate the local economy as well as showcase diversity. 


One Home, One Garden Initiative (Homestead Garden):


Backyard farming should be established within each household to maximize the production of seasonal fruits, vegetables, and cereal.  

Intellectual Property :

  1. Intellectual Property Law needs to be formulated in all project countries, laws for crop security and environment protection have not been incorporated.

  2. Intellectual Property Law is important for establishing entrepreneurial businesses related to cattle and agriculture.

  3. The Ministry of Agricultural Development should coordinate with the Ministry of Industry to clear out the rights and information related to Intellectual Property Law. 

  4. The governments should make all the policies, strategies, and written documents in the local language to aid every citizen in understanding them. 

Implementation Partners FPI: 

The program will have IPs to see it accelerate existing and emerging models of rural, urban, indoor, and other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers and gardeners. The program will be used to improve access to local food in the target area(s). IPs may be designed to—

  • Facilitate the development of entrepreneurial projects by offering needed resources, such as job training, land, equipment, mentoring, and other business development assistance to new and beginning farmers;

  • Increase food production in small urban and indoor spaces with emerging technologies such as vertical farming, hydroponics, aquaponics, rooftop farms, urban agroforestry, etc.; o Operate community gardens and non-profit farms to educate communities on food systems, nutrition, environmental impacts, urban agroforestry, food forests, sustainable agriculture, and agricultural production and/or to offer hands-on training in farming and gardening;

  • Meet specific state, province, local, or community food and agricultural needs by assisting municipalities, food producers, community organizations, and schools with policies for community gardens and farms that address food access, soil health, emerging technologies, and agricultural business; or

  • Provide schools with resources to incorporate and emphasize the importance of growing and consuming nutritious food, as well as training students for careers in agriculture.​

Business Partnerships & Collaboration: 

Forging partnerships with Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) presents a multitude of benefits for the government, private sector, and other stakeholders.

By collaborating with RUIAPP, the government can bolster food security, promote sustainable agricultural practices, and stimulate economic growth in rural and urban areas. Private sector entities stand to gain from access to new markets, innovative agricultural technologies, and the opportunity to contribute to corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Furthermore, other stakeholders, such as non-governmental organizations and local communities, can benefit from capacity building, job creation, and the advancement of environmentally friendly farming methods. Through strategic partnerships with RUIAPP, all parties involved have the potential to foster inclusive, resilient, and prosperous agricultural ecosystems, thereby creating a positive impact on a global scale.


Here are detailed benefits for each party:

1. Agricultural Research Institutions and Universities

   Benefits for RUIAPP: Access to cutting-edge research, technical expertise, and innovative agricultural practices.
   Benefits for Partners: Opportunities for field testing, validation of research findings, and real-world application of academic knowledge.
   Approach: RUIAPP can initiate partnerships through collaborative research projects, joint publications, and knowledge exchange programs. Engaging with faculty members and research departments is crucial.

2. Agribusinesses and Agricultural Cooperatives

   Benefits for RUIAPP: Access to market insights, value chain integration, and potential investment in agricultural innovations.
   Benefits for Partners: Improved supply chain resilience, access to skilled labour, and opportunities for sustainable sourcing.
   Approach: RUIAPP can approach agribusinesses through formal meetings, industry events, and tailored presentations that highlight potential mutual benefits.

3. Technology Providers and Agri-Tech Startups

   Benefits for RUIAPP: Access to cutting-edge agricultural technologies, the potential for digital innovation, and scalability of tech-driven solutions.
   Benefits for Partners: Validation and field-testing of technology solutions, market expansion through RUIAPP's network, and potential for co-development opportunities.
   Approach: RUIAPP can engage with technology providers through industry conferences, tech showcases, and targeted outreach to agri-tech startups.

4. Government Agricultural Agencies and Ministries

   Benefits for RUIAPP: Access to policy support, funding opportunities, and potential for scaling initiatives through government programs.
   Benefits for Partners: Alignment with national agricultural priorities, access to grassroots initiatives, and potential for leveraging RUIAPP's expertise in policy formulation.
   Approach: RUIAPP can initiate partnerships through formal proposals, stakeholder meetings, and participation in government-led agricultural forums and working groups.

5. Financial Institutions and Impact Investors

   Benefits for RUIAPP: Access to financial support, investment opportunities, and potential for scaling agricultural innovations.
   Benefits for Partners: Opportunities for impact-driven investments, access to grassroots agricultural projects, and potential for sustainable returns.
   Approach: RUIAPP can engage financial institutions through targeted proposals, impact investment forums, and showcase successful case studies of agricultural innovation.

6. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Development Agencies

   Benefits for RUIAPP: Access to technical expertise, potential for project collaboration, and leveraging existing community networks.
   Benefits for Partners: Alignment with development goals, access to RUIAPP's innovative approaches, and potential for synergistic projects.
   Approach: RUIAPP can engage NGOs and development agencies through formal partnership proposals, participation in consortiums, and leveraging existing contacts within the development sector.

Approaching potential partners should involve clear communication of RUIAPP's objectives, identification of mutual benefits, and alignment of goals. Building trust and fostering long-term relationships are essential for successful partnerships. RUIAPP can leverage its existing network to actively participate in relevant industry events, conferences, and working groups to identify and approach potential partners. Additionally, formal partnership proposals tailored to specific benefits and value propositions for each potential partner can help initiate collaboration.

RUAIPP benefits for Universities and Polytechnics:

Benefits of Universities, polytechnics, and other agricultural institutions in partnership with Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) in various areas:

1. Agroecology:

   - Universities and agricultural institutions: Access to practical implementation of agroecological principles, which can enhance academic curriculum and research opportunities.
   - RUIAPP: Integration of academic expertise and research findings to improve and refine agroecological practices and promote sustainable farming methods.

2. Research Opportunities:

   - Universities and agricultural institutions: Opportunities for practical, real-world research projects and the potential to contribute to impactful agricultural research.
   - RUIAPP: Access to academic expertise, cutting-edge research, and potential solutions to agricultural challenges, fostering innovation within the program.

3. Attachments, Training, and Capacity Building:

   - Universities and agricultural institutions: Ability to provide students with hands-on training, skill development, and exposure to real-world agricultural practices.
   - RUIAPP: Access to a motivated talent pool for capacity building, knowledge transfer, and potential recruitment of skilled individuals.

4. Gender Empowerment:

   - Universities and agricultural institutions: Opportunities to contribute to gender empowerment initiatives within the agricultural sector, promoting inclusivity and diversity.
   - RUIAPP: Integration of academic perspectives to enhance gender empowerment programs and initiatives, fostering a more inclusive and diverse agricultural community.

5. Trade Barriers, Crop Selection and Farming:

   - Universities and agricultural institutions: Access to practical insights on addressing trade barriers, crop selection, and modern farming techniques, enriching academic curriculum and industry-relevant skills.
   - RUIAPP: Potential access to academic research and expertise to inform and improve trade strategies, crop selection, and farming practices, contributing to program effectiveness and innovation.

6. Value Addition Processing and Exports, Value Chain Development, Market Access:

   - Universities and agricultural institutions: Opportunities to explore value addition processing, market access strategies, and value chain development, enhancing industry-relevant knowledge and skills.
   - RUIAPP: Access to academic insights and potential partnerships to improve value addition processes, expand market access, and enhance value chain development, fostering program growth and impact.

7. Policy Influence and Advocacy:

   - Universities and agricultural institutions: Opportunities to engage in policy influence and advocacy, contributing to the shaping of agricultural policies and regulations.
   - RUIAPP: Access to academic perspectives and support for policy advocacy initiatives, amplifying the program's influence and impact in the agricultural sector.

8. Women and Young People in Agriculture:

   - Universities and agricultural institutions: Opportunities to contribute to empowering women and young people in agriculture, promoting inclusivity and diversity.
   - RUIAPP: Integration of academic insights to enhance programs focused on women and young people in agriculture, fostering a more inclusive and diverse agricultural community.

9. Self-Help Microfinance Benefits to Africa:

   - Universities and agricultural institutions: Opportunities to support self-help microfinance initiatives, contributing to community empowerment and economic development.
   - RUIAPP: Potential access to support and expertise from academic partners to enhance self-help microfinance initiatives, contributing to program effectiveness and community impact.

10. Climate Change and Mitigation:

   - Universities and agricultural institutions: Opportunities to engage in sustainable agricultural practices and contribute to climate change mitigation efforts.
   - RUIAPP: Access to academic perspectives and potential solutions for addressing climate-related challenges, fostering the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices and resilience-building initiatives

RUAIPP Partnership on Climate change and Mitigation with Universities and Agricultural institutions:

Universities and Agricultural Institutions:

1. Research Opportunities: Collaboration with RUIAPP provides opportunities to conduct research on climate-resilient agricultural practices, contributing to the development of innovative solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

2. Capacity Building: Partnerships with RUIAPP offer access to training and capacity-building programs focused on sustainable agricultural practices, equipping students and faculty with the knowledge and skills to address climate-related challenges in the agricultural sector.

3. Knowledge Exchange: Engagement with RUIAPP facilitates the exchange of academic perspectives and practical insights on climate change, allowing institutions to integrate this knowledge into their curricula and research activities.

4. Practical Implementation: Through partnerships with RUIAPP, universities and agricultural institutions can implement pilot projects and demonstrations of climate-resilient agricultural techniques, providing valuable learning experiences for students and faculty.


1. Academic Expertise: Collaboration with universities and agricultural institutions provides access to academic expertise in climate science, environmental studies, and sustainable agriculture, enriching RUIAPP's knowledge base and contributing to the development of effective climate change mitigation strategies.

2. Research Collaboration: Partnerships with academic entities enable RUIAPP to engage in collaborative research projects focused on climate change adaptation, resilience-building, and the development of sustainable farming methods.

3. Innovation and Best Practices: Academic partnerships foster the exchange of innovative ideas and best practices for addressing climate-related challenges and enhancing RUIAPP's capacity to implement sustainable and climate-resilient agricultural initiatives.

4. Community Engagement: Through collaboration with universities and agricultural institutions, RUIAPP can engage local communities in the adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices, promoting resilience and sustainability at the grassroots level.

In conclusion, the partnership between universities, agricultural institutions, and RUIAPP facilitates the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and resources to address climate change and mitigation in the agricultural sector, ultimately contributing to the development of sustainable and resilient farming practices.

RUAIPP Partnership benefits with Banks, Funders, Donors, and Investors: 

Partnering with Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) can yield various benefits for banks, funders, donors, and other financial institutions.


Here are some potential benefits across financial, social, and other aspects:

1. Banks:

   - Financial benefits: Banks can benefit from partnering with RUIAPP through various financial mechanisms such as providing loans for agricultural inputs and equipment, offering agricultural insurance products, and managing payment and transaction services for farmers involved in the program. This can lead to increased loan portfolios, interest income, and fee-based revenue for the banks.
   - Social benefits: By supporting agricultural initiatives like RUIAPP, banks can contribute to rural development, poverty reduction, and food security. This can enhance the bank's social impact and reputation within communities.

2. Funders:

   - Financial benefits: Funders, such as impact investors or financial institutions providing grants, can benefit from partnering with RUIAPP by diversifying their investment portfolios and potentially achieving attractive financial returns while supporting sustainable agricultural practices.
   - Social benefits: Funders can contribute to the economic empowerment of rural and urban communities, promote environmental sustainability, and help address food security challenges, thereby fulfilling their social impact objectives.

3. Donors:

   - Financial benefits: Donors can benefit from partnering with RUIAPP by leveraging their funding to catalyze sustainable agricultural development, potentially leading to long-term positive economic outcomes for the communities involved. Additionally, donors may benefit from tax incentives associated with charitable giving.
   - Social benefits: Donors can contribute to poverty alleviation, improved livelihoods, and enhanced food production and distribution, thereby making a meaningful impact on the well-being of rural and urban populations.

4. Other Financial Institutions:

   - Financial benefits: Other financial institutions, such as microfinance organizations and investment funds, can benefit from partnering with RUIAPP by expanding their client base, providing financial products tailored to the needs of agricultural entrepreneurs, and participating in the growth of the agricultural value chain.
   - Social benefits: By supporting RUIAPP, other financial institutions can contribute to inclusive economic growth, job creation, and the development of sustainable agricultural practices, thereby fostering social stability and resilience in rural and urban areas.

Overall, the partnership with RUIAPP can offer financial institutions, funders, donors, and other financial entities the opportunity to align their objectives with sustainable agricultural development, make a positive social impact, and potentially achieve financial returns while contributing to the well-being of rural and urban communities.

Recommendations To Governments (Managing the transformation):

Agricultural transformation is not just a planning exercise. It takes management over time. Our experience suggests that creating a Project Management Office (PMO) can greatly increase the chances of carrying out a successful large-scale change program. A PMO can concentrate talent, monitor implementation, act as a source of truth, and, in general, help get things done. The office can apply accepted project management technologies to break the transformation into discrete initiatives, each with specific goals, timing, and responsibility. The PMO is also charged with engaging relevant stakeholders when problems arise.

There is a case for using existing structures such as ministries rather than creating a temporary new organization. However, our experience shows that, depending on the country, the positives of a PMO (improved coordination, management of progress toward targets, increased ability to learn and adjust implementation over time) can greatly outweigh the negatives (high transaction costs, the potential for added complexity in political channels). Most large-scale transformations in the private sector use versions of PMOs. Some countries with recent success in agricultural transformations are using PMOs (including Ethiopia and Morocco).

Monitoring Implementation Progress and Managing Risks:


This strategy presents a program for revitalizing FPI-I activities in rural areas and increasing the effectiveness of the company’s work in reducing rural poverty. Reaching the Rural Poor pays close attention to monitoring and evaluation of strategy implementation. The targets and benchmarks will be used against the current baseline for evaluating progress over a five-year period. The Implementation Monitoring framework is designed around results-based management principles, expressed as inputs, outputs, outcomes, and impacts.


The company’s Agriculture and Rural & Urban Development Board shall work closely with country directors, shareholders, and other stakeholders and management to ensure alignment of the rural and urban program strategy implementation framework with emerging companies working on results-based management.


Risk Mitigation:


Several risks are inherent in implementing the strategy. Some of this depends on events that are beyond the control of the Bank and of the countries concerned. The main risks perceived are:


  • Not all sectors operating in rural areas take up the challenge of rural poverty reduction.

  • The necessary institutional arrangements, incentives framework, and appropriate staff skills mix are not addressed.

  • The opportunities do not materialize for the institutional learning and innovation that are expected to emerge in the context of a sharpened focus on programmatic lending operations.

  • The company, its country partners, and other stakeholders cannot mobilize country buy-in to intensify emphasis on attacking rural poverty.

  • The program of countries does not achieve long-term growth and does not address issues related to enhanced and more equitable access to assets for all.

The successful implementation of this strategy is a challenge for both FPI-I and its farming communities and partners. FPI-I recognizes that it cannot work alone. It will deepen relationships with program countries, strengthen existing alliances and forge new ones with other investors and development partners, the private sector, and organizations of civil society to broaden the understanding of rural development issues, share experiences, build capacity, and mobilize the necessary resources to overcome rural poverty.

The future of RUAIPP:

5 years from now, a new innovation would have been brought into the agriculture sector through the  RUAIPP, this is not new to the world but new to our rural farming communities.

FPI-I believes in a well-known principle in adult learning and that skill-building works best when it is connected to real work and practical problem-solving. With this in mind, we believe there is great value in the creation of an Agriculture academy focused on building the next generation of leaders in agricultural transformation. Here, groups of 20 or so leaders responsible for agricultural transformations in their countries jointly go through an 18-month leadership journey using a “field and forum” approach. They would assemble every few months for intense technical and leadership training, and then return to their roles at home, with remote access to both expert support and a peer network. This approach costs relatively little but produces better individual leaders and facilitates alignment in a country’s top team.

Farming community

The Future Of Agriculture

Progress on enabling policies:

Agricultural transformation is more than a change in farming practices. It is about catalyzing the transformation of a country’s rural economy. As such, more than just agricultural trade and subsidy policies are in play. For example, laws and regulations that influence banking, labour, infrastructure, land ownership, and access to water, telecommunications, taxes, and insurance are also critical considerations in agro-food production success stories.

Project Sustainability: 

We anticipate that during the implementation of the Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP), sustainability of the program can only come through the adoption of the blueprint as a model for promoting sustainable agriculture, fighting poverty and hunger, and creating livelihoods, this shall represent a significant step towards addressing some of the most pressing global challenges. This comprehensive initiative is designed to empower communities, enhance agricultural productivity, and foster economic development in both rural and urban areas.


The RUIAPP is founded on the principles of sustainability, community ownership, and scalability. By leveraging innovative agricultural practices, technology, and community engagement, the program aims to transform agricultural landscapes, improve food security, and uplift the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and urban agriculturalists. Through a multi-faceted approach, the blueprint seeks to address several interconnected issues, including environmental degradation, poverty, and food insecurity.


One of the key pillars of the RUIAPP is sustainable agriculture. By promoting the adoption of environmentally friendly farming practices such as agroecology, organic farming, and precision agriculture, the program aims to enhance productivity while minimizing the negative impact on ecosystems. This approach not only ensures the long-term viability of agricultural systems but also contributes to the conservation of natural resources and biodiversity.


Furthermore, the blueprint emphasizes the importance of fighting poverty and hunger by empowering local communities to take ownership of their agricultural activities. Through capacity-building, training, and the provision of resources, the RUIAPP seeks to enable farmers and urban agriculturalists to improve their yields, diversify their crops, and access markets, thereby increasing their income and food security. Additionally, the program places a strong emphasis on promoting gender equality and social inclusion, recognizing the vital role that women and marginalized groups play in agricultural production and rural development.


As part of its commitment to scalability, the blueprint emphasizes the replication and expansion of successful agricultural models and practices. By fostering partnerships with local governments, non-governmental organizations, and private sector entities, the RUIAPP aims to create a network of sustainable agricultural initiatives that can be adapted and implemented in diverse contexts. This approach not only maximizes the program's impact but also fosters knowledge-sharing and innovation within and across communities.


In conclusion, the adoption of the blueprint for the RUIAPP represents a holistic and forward-thinking approach to addressing the complex challenges of sustainable agriculture, poverty alleviation, and food security. By prioritizing community ownership, innovation, and scalability, the program has the potential to make a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of millions of people, while contributing to the broader goals of sustainable development and environmental stewardship.

Scaling-up innovations and successful investments in rural development:


Reaching the Rural Poor pays close attention to identifying and scaling up good-practice investments, both within countries from pilot initiatives and from one country to other countries or continents. Scaling up good practices is an integral part of FPI rural and urban agriculture development strategies. We believe that good practices are acquired after years of development experience and are often gained through pilot projects. Innovation through pilot projects will be the lead in our country-to-country implementation. Effective intervention—with its socioeconomic and gender impacts—being locally validated and adapted. Innovative methods of learning and information sharing among countries and development partners shall be taken into consideration. Mechanisms for capturing, validating, disseminating, and adapting good practices shall be developed concurrently. Key lessons learned from this process and good and innovative practices will be shared with development partners as an essential part of this effort.

*Budget Breakdown for Program Activities*

Comprehensive budget breakdown for all projects under the Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) across 45 African countries with a budget of US$171.5 million over six years is a complex task. Given the complexity of the request, I can provide a simplified overview of how the budget breakdown might look for each activity, and then you can extrapolate and expand it to cover all the activities and countries.

Budget and Demographics: 

1. *Agroecology:*

   - Total Budget: US$15 million over six years
   - Budget Allocation per Country per Year: US$222,222
   - Demographic Disaggregation: Adults - 60%, Youth - 20%, Elderly - 20%
   - Gender: Male - 70%, Female - 30%
   - Rural Projects: 60%, Urban Projects: 40%
   - Young People Projects: 30%, Women Projects: 40%, General Projects: 30%

2. *Self-Help Microfinance Credit Schemes:*

   - Total Budget: US$20 million over six years
   - Budget Allocation per Country per Year: US$296,296
   - Demographic Disaggregation: Adults - 80%, Youth - 10%, Elderly - 10%
   - Gender: Male - 60%, Female - 40%
   - Rural Projects: 70%, Urban Projects: 30%
   - Young People Projects: 40%, Women Projects: 50%, General Projects: 10%

3. *Women and Young People Involvement in Agriculture:*

   - Total Budget: US$12 million over six years
   - Budget Allocation per Country per Year: US$177,778
   - Demographic Disaggregation: Youth - 40%, Adults - 50%, Elderly - 10%
   - Gender: Male - 45%, Female - 55%
   - Rural Projects: 50%, Urban Projects: 50%
   - Young People Projects: 60%, Women Projects: 30%, General Projects: 10%

4. *Gender Awareness and Empowerment:*

   - Total Budget: US$10 million over six years
   - Budget Allocation per Country per Year: US$148,148
   - Demographic Disaggregation: Adults - 70%, Youth - 20%, Elderly - 10%
   - Gender: Male - 40%, Female - 60%
   - Rural Projects: 40%, Urban Projects: 60%
   - Young People Projects: 30%, Women Projects: 50%, General Projects: 20%

5. *Training and Capacity Building:*

   - Total Budget: US$25 million over six years
   - Budget Allocation per Country per Year: US$370,370
   - Demographic Disaggregation: Adults - 75%, Youth - 15%, Elderly - 10%
   - Gender: Male - 55%, Female - 45%
   - Rural Projects: 65%, Urban Projects: 35%
   - Young People Projects: 45%, Women Projects: 40%, General Projects: 15%

6. *Crops Selection, Farming Value Addition and Processing:*

   - Total Budget: US$18 million over six years
   - Budget Allocation per Country per Year: US$266,667
   - Demographic Disaggregation: Adults - 70%, Youth - 20%, Elderly - 10%
   - Gender: Male - 60%, Female - 40%
   - Rural Projects: 55%, Urban Projects: 45%
   - Young People Projects: 35%, Women Projects: 40%, General Projects: 25%

7. *Farming Value Addition and Processing:*

   - Total Budget: US$25 million over six years
   - Budget Allocation per Country per Year: US$370,370
   - Demographic Disaggregation: Adults - 70%, Youth - 20%, Elderly - 10%
   - Gender: Male - 55%, Female - 45%
   - Rural Projects: 65%, Urban Projects: 35%
   - Young People Projects: 45%, Women Projects: 40%, General Projects: 15%

8. *Value Chain Development:*

   - Total Budget: US$30 million over six years
   - Budget Allocation per Country per Year: US$444,444
   - Demographic Disaggregation: Adults - 75%, Youth - 15%, Elderly - 10%
   - Gender: Male - 60%, Female - 40%
   - Rural Projects: 60%, Urban Projects: 40%
   - Young People Projects: 50%, Women Projects: 35%, General Projects: 15%

9. *Market Access:*
   - Total Budget: US$20 million over six years
   - Budget Allocation per Country per Year: US$296,296
   - Demographic Disaggregation: Adults - 80%, Youth - 10%, Elderly - 10%
   - Gender: Male - 65%, Female - 35%
   - Rural Projects: 70%, Urban Projects: 30%
   - Young People Projects: 40%, Women Projects: 45%, General Projects: 15%

10. *African Agrifood Production Export Promotion:*

   - Total Budget: US$15 million over six years
   - Budget Allocation per Country per Year: US$222,222
   - Demographic Disaggregation: Adults - 70%, Youth - 20%, Elderly - 10%
   - Gender: Male - 50%, Female - 50%
   - Rural Projects: 55%, Urban Projects: 45%
   - Young People Projects: 30%, Women Projects: 40%, General Projects: 30%

11. *Trade Barriers and Policy Influence:*

   - Total Budget: US$20 million over six years
   - Budget Allocation per Country per Year: US$296,296
   - Demographic Disaggregation: Adults - 75%, Youth - 15%, Elderly - 10%
   - Gender: Male - 60%, Female - 40%
   - Rural Projects: 50%, Urban Projects: 50%
   - Young People Projects: 40%, Women Projects: 35%, General Projects: 25%

12. *Climate Change Mitigation and Resilience:*

- Total Budget: US$20 million over six years
- Budget Allocation per Country per Year: US$296,296
- Demographic Disaggregation: Adults - 75%, Youth - 15%, Elderly - 10%
- Gender: Male - 55%, Female - 45%
- Rural Projects: 60%, Urban Projects: 40%
- Young People Projects: 40%, Women Projects: 35%, General Projects: 



The Farmer's Pride International Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUIAPP) is a comprehensive six-year program aimed at promoting sustainable agriculture, empowering women and young people, enhancing food security, and addressing climate change challenges in 45 African countries. The program will focus on activities such as farming value addition and processing, value chain development, market access, African Agrifood production export promotion, trade barriers, and policy influence and advocacy, as well as climate change mitigation and resilience. 

Through the program, participants will receive training, capacity building, microfinance credit schemes, and access to markets, particularly for smallholder farmers. The program aims to promote gender equity and women's empowerment, as well as the inclusion of young people in agriculture. The program also seeks to address climate change challenges and promote sustainable farming practices through the adoption of agroecology and other climate-smart agricultural practices. 

Overall, Farmer's Pride International RUIAPP is expected to have a significant impact on agriculture in participating African countries, promoting sustainable practices, empowering women and young people, and enhancing food security and resilience in the face of climate change.


Disclaimer :

Please take note that RUAIPP is a commercial program that can only be copied or replicated with permission from FPI.  Also, take note that FPI is open to training and capacity for any organisation/ company that needs to be part of RUAIPP across the world and is offering this service

at very affordable rates.

Comprehensive information about the RUAIPP Implementation can be found in the Concept note and the Full project proposal upon request and for a fee. For more information about RUAIPP and how you can partner with FPI, please write to:                          Cc:

The Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program was developed in the year 2015 and piloted in Botswana in the year 2022 up to date by Elfas Mcloud Zadzagomo Shangwa (Hunter) (Author) 

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Succesen med FPI-mål understreges af, at vi opnår følgende:

  • Fremme af klyngelandbrug som et middel til at øge landbrugsproduktionen.

  • Fremme af integrationen af teknologi i landbruget for at påvirke inddragelsen af  unge i Landbrugets Værdikæde.

  • Fremme en forståelse af virkningerne af  klimaændringer i landbruget ;

  • Fremme vedtagelse af  bæredygtigt landbrug  strategier;

  • Fremme internationale markedsforbindelser for landmænd;  

  • Fremme af skabelsen af hovedkilden til beskæftigelse uden for landbruget i landdistrikterne i fattige lande gennem inddragelse af unge i udvikling af mobilapps;

  • Fremme positive virkninger på fattigdomsbekæmpelse og økonomisk styrkelse gennem oprettelse af agro-baserede virksomheder i lande, hvor der produceres landbrugsfødevareeksport af høj værdi;

VORES gyldne mandat i verdensmålene:

Verdens lande blev enige om at opnå tre ekstraordinære ting inden år 2030:     1-ende ekstrem fattigdom, 2-reducere uligheder og uretfærdighed og 3-stop klimaændringer.

Disse tre ekstraordinære ideer er nøgledrivkraften bag FPI-mandatet og forbinder dets arbejde med FN's  17 mål om bæredygtig udvikling  som en måde at forbedre landbrugets produktivitet i Afrika. Vi opmuntrer unges deltagelse i landbrugets værdikæde for at forbedre livet for landbefolkningen og for at bidrage til væksten i verdensøkonomien. Vi støtter unge i landdistrikterne og unge landbrugsproducenter i form af at styrke og udvide deres landbrugskapacitet, overførsel af viden og færdigheder (gennem uddannelse) dette vil igen øge jobskabelsen i landdistrikterne, det bringer også de unge kandidater fra universiteterne til at engagere sig i større politiske debatter over hele verden.


En af FPI'er  Strategiske mål i dens strategiske ramme for 2021-2030 er "Reduktion af fattigdom i landdistrikter", dette kan opnås ved at anerkende, at unge i landdistrikter bør behandles som en prioriteret gruppe, når det kommer til at få adgang til anstændige beskæftigelsesmuligheder.


FPI ønsker at forbinde småbønder  til viden, netværk og institutioner

Det digitaliserede landdistrikt i Afrika er nøglen til dets udvikling og skabelse af  bæredygtige fødevaresystemer  

Informations- og kommunikationsteknologi (IKT) har altid haft betydning i landbruget. Lige siden folk har dyrket afgrøder, opdrættet husdyr og fanget fisk, har de søgt information hos hinanden. I dag repræsenterer IKT en enorm mulighed for landbefolkningen til at forbedre produktiviteten, øge fødevare- og ernæringssikkerheden, få adgang til markeder og finde beskæftigelsesmuligheder i en revitaliseret sektor. IKT har udløst et utroligt potentiale for at forbedre landbruget, og det har fundet fodfæste selv i fattige småbrug.

( FAO )


FPI-arbejde er knyttet til alle 17 FN's SDG'er, men specifikt til følgende mål:  

  • Mål 1: Udrydde fattigdom i alle dens former.

  • Mål 2: Nul sult.

  • Mål 3: Sundhed.

  • Mål 4: Uddannelse.

  • Mål 5: Ligestilling og kvinders empowerment.

  • Mål 6: Vand og sanitet.

Med teknisk og økonomisk støtte vil vi være i stand til at etablere bæredygtigt landbrug i alle projektlande i de næste 10 år (2021-2030), ifølge De Forenede Nationers Fødevare- og Landbrugsorganisation (FAO) :  "Bæredygtigt landbrug  skal pleje sunde økosystemer og understøtte bæredygtig forvaltning af jord, vand og naturressourcer, samtidig med at verdens fødevaresikkerhed sikres”.

SDG in Agriculture.



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