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Grimme Landmaschinenfabrik is one of the private firms involved in the German Food Partnership (GFP). We asked Frank Nordmann, General Sales Manager Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania, and GFP spokesperson about some aspects of smallholder mechanisation.

Mr Nordmann, why is your company engaging in the German Food Partnership?
The GPF offers Grimme the opportunity to combine business interests with a development objective. Within this partnership, we can contribute our expertise for smallholders in Kenya and Nigeria and thus engage in social issues. At the same time, the two countries are becoming interesting as new markets. With Africa’s present population of one billion set to double by 2050, we feel that the mechanisation of agriculture is indispensable to maintaining food supplies.

What are your current activities in the Potato Initiative Africa?
Right now, we are demonstrating machines for smallholder potato growers in Kenya and Nigeria, the aim being to show the advantages of mechanisation in this area. For example, post-harvest losses and damage caused during harvesting can be reduced by more than 30 per cent if potatoes are harvested with a machine instead of a hoe or by hand.

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