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Self Help Africa

Self Help Africa is an international development organisation that implements agricultural and rural development projects that seek to tackle the root causes of hunger and poverty.
The organisation supports rural poor communities across sub-Saharan Africa to grow more and earn more from their land.
Self Help Africa assists households to diversify their production and improve the quality of the food that they grow. The organisation supports rural poor communities to form cooperatives and producer groups and also provides access to farm training and micro-finance to assist with small enterprise development.
In 2015 Self Help Africa will assist up to three million people in 10 countries to work their way out of poverty.

Self Help Africa is partnering this year with the Marshal Papworth Fund to provide agricultural training in the UK to six African farm extension staff and village-based ‘lead farmers.’

The 10-week course will help students to increase their knowledge and build upon their skills on a range of course topics including an ‘Introduction to Animal and Plant Husbandry’, ‘Introduction to Hand Tools & Small Machinery Operations’ and an ‘Introduction to Trainer Skills’. They will also study a unique Marshal Papworth module in small-scale business management.

Ray Jordan, CEO of Self Help Africa, says: “Knowledge is critical to ending hunger and poverty for millions of rural poor people in Africa. Participants on the Marshal Papworth 10-week short course – farm advisors and community representatives – will make a practical contribution to our efforts to increase food production and farm incomes in Africa by sharing with others the knowledge they gain from their training in the UK.”

For more information on how you can support our Fund please contact Sandra Lauridsen on 01733 363514 or email

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