The Backpack Farm Agriculture Program (BPF) is an internationally recognized social enterprise aggregating packages of â€śgreenâ€ť farming inputs and conservation training exclusively to smallholder â€ścommercialâ€ť farmers with 2-5 acres of land earning their primary income from horticulture production. The technical program, packaged as an all-in-one backpack of green agriculture inputs Â (85% organic and biological) needed for smallholder farmers to standardize both the quality and quantity of agriculture production during an annual growing season, to mirror semi-commercial rates of production.
Most important, farmers can access training on how best to use the backpack tools as well as build their core capacity in conservation farming practices.Â Â Training and products are delivered through a rural network of franchise distribution and training farms operated by local business and non-profits. In itself, each farm is a for-profit, social enterprise generating income and local employment.Â In addition to field based training, the BPF program also supports the first crop-specific, mobile training program specifically designed to support smallholder production in in Kenya and the wider East Africa Community (EAC) delivered in both English and Swahili.
By 2017, the organization will train and supply 1 million+ farmers in the East Africa Community. The program achieves sustainable linkages between food production, value chains, affordable finance and income generation balanced against social and ecological domains.