Agriculture has been, and is still, the dominant sector in rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa; however, a larger percentage of this sector is still carried out at a subsistence level and on fragmented farmlands. As a result, output levels have remained very low–which has greatly contributed to the prevalence of rural unemployment and food shortage. There is a critical need to transform agriculture; specifically, if modern farming techniques are adopted, agriculture can certainly generate meaningful rural employment and can increase food production.
By pursuing a variety of programs, aimed at transforming agriculture in rural communities, livelihoods of rural smallholder farmers can greatly improve in the long run. Our approach to this pursuit involves working in collaboration with a rural Church or school to train local smallholder farmers in a variety of skills aimed at improving and enhancing rural farmers’ livelihoods. However, the training by itself cannot result in a comprehensive transformation of agriculture; most rural smallholder farmers need a helping hand in obtaining seeds, fertilizers, transport for their farm produce, a market for their farm produce, and farm equipment. Thus, besides providing training, Eatbeta avails rural smallholder farmers with seeds supply, fertilizers & irrigation, harvest transport, market procurement, and farm equipment. Women, in particular, are the target group to benefit from these programs because they comprise the largest percentage of the workforce in rural agriculture, but they often lack access to and control over resources. Women guarantee livelihoods, especially in rural areas; and as a result, their participation in Eatbeta’s skill enhancement training programs is certainly a great opportunity to tackle rural unemployment and food shortage.