The depth of poverty in which so many West African smallholder farmers live is degrading. Lacking the access to the knowledge, finance, technology and markets which they need to generate a sustainable income from their farms, West African smallholder farmers struggle to grow enough food on their small plots of land to feed their families, with many enduring chronic hunger every year. In addition to the unacceptable cost in human suffering, this chronic hunger permanently stunts their children’s physical and mental development, and, combined with the lack of money to pay school fees, robs the next generation of a productive and bright future, trapping them in the vicious cycle of extreme poverty.
And conditions are already becoming even more challenging. Climate change is severely affecting weather patterns in sub-Saharan Africa and, along with it, people’s ability to rely on rain-fed agriculture to meet their food and income needs. Already vulnerable, small-scale farmers can no longer accurately predict when to plant their crops, leaving them in urgent need of climate-risk mitigating knowledge and technologies, like drought-resistant seeds and irrigation.
At the same time, West African farmers have an enormous and growing market opportunity which has the potential to sustainably transform their livelihoods and the rural economies in which they live.
MITA was founded with the unique purpose of serving smallholder farmers in West Africa who don’t have access to quality agricultural inputs and reliable markets to sell their harvests. The organization envisions an African continent in which smallholder farmers have the knowledge and means to achieve big harvests and support their families.
Integrity is one of our core values - we do what we say we’re going to do, and we’re committed to staying with communities over a long period. We focus on people and take action compassionately. MITA works with small-scale farmers. We set clear priorities and emphasize long-term results. We value efficiency and quality.
The depth of poverty in which so many West African smallholder farmers live is degrading. Lacking the access to the knowledge, finance, technology and markets which they need to generate a sustainable income from their farms, West African…