The aim of the Farm Mechanization and Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification (FACASI) project was to identify appropriate small-scale machines (e.g. 2-wheel tractors) to improve farming practices (such as planting, harvesting, milling and transporting), and the commercial mechanisms needed to deliver these to smallholder farmers. The project identified opportunities to create new markets for equipment and services, and supporting policies and networks.
FACASI was implemented in two phases, starting in March 2013 and ending on December 2019.
The objectives of the project were:
Prepared by: Frédéric Baudron & Rahel Assefa, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT)
DAVID KAHAN, ROGER BYMOLT* & FRED ZAAL
Prepared by: Frédéric Baudron and Elias Berta, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT)
Co-authors/ contributors/ collaborator: Dr Pascal Kaumbutho, Mr Wilfried Mariki, Dr Moti Jaleta, Dr Michael Misiko, Dr Rahut Dil, Prof John Blackwell, Mr Saidi Mkomwa.
Michael Misiko and Alice Woodhead
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Kenya
The University of Southern Queensland, Australia