Many people will ask whether Africa is on the right path in its drive to attaining sustainable agricultural development. Africa is dotted with millions of farmers with huge chunks of land which they are not effectively utilizing simply because they lack machines like tractors, irrigation equipment, and to many of them, limited access to improved quality seeds, fertilizers, agro chemicals and other key inputs and services. Majority of these farmers are armed with hand hoe which cannot effectively utilize the land sizes at their disposal.

Farmers across Africa have limited access to farm machinery and good quality inputs to enable them produce enough food for their families and for sale to get money and better livelihood. This is a wish to millions of African farmers who have for decades been and are still trapped in poverty cycle simply because they are engaged in hand hoe driven agriculture that has resulted into low farm yields and therefore making it difficult for these farmers to produce enough food to sustain the ever growing population.

Global Development trends for agricultural transformation indicates that there is a drive towards farming mechanization and value addition in the agricultural sector, which is a must for any country that wants to have profitable and sustainable agriculture for greater transformation of its citizenry especially in regard to attaining food security.

Historically, there is no country in the world that attained agricultural transformation by depending on hand hoe driven agriculture. All the developed countries attained agricultural transformation and are now food donors to African countries, had to heavily invest in their agricultural sectors with all the necessary machines and technology. Millions of farmers in Africa are poor despite the natural resources available, most of them cannot afford to acquire machines needed for agricultural mechanization.

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Hand hoe driven agriculture is outdated and over 100 years old practice. African countries are experiencing a high population growth rate yet their food production is not increasing significantly in proportionate to the increasing population. Through agricultural mechanization this challenge can be resolved.

Hand hoe driven agriculture is outdated and cannot be relied on to attain food security in Africa.

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