The ETG Farmers Foundation (EFF), previously known as the African Farmer Service Centre, was established in 2009 with the mission to further develop smallholder agricultural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. EFF (also referred to as the Foundation) was founded by Export Trading Group (ETG), an agricultural supply chain management company with global presence and one of Africa’s largest agricultural conglomerates. Based on lessons learned through its original outreach programs in Uganda and Kenya, ETG developed the business model that started EFF, a registered non-profit organization established in 2013 to formalize and build on ETG’s smallholder development work.
As ETG grew in experience of agricultural markets, it became apparent that there was a gap in addressing sustainability and wider livelihood issues of rural farming communities. EFF was set up, in effect, as a philanthropic complement to the commercial operations of ETG, its motivation being to reduce poverty, improve food security, strengthen nutrition and increase household income in smallholder farming communities. The Foundation works to create sustainable agricultural environments in two distinct ways. First, the Foundation gives technical training to farmers to adopt practices and succeed beyond subsistence farming. Then, EFF engages players within multiple sectors to build networks which strengthen and consolidate the success of enriched value chains for the trained farmers.
EFF programmes strive for participation of a minimum of 45% and above of women, in some areas this has been as high as 60%.
In addition, there is a strong focus on youth involvement, introducing youth to cash crop production projects and creating learning environments which are particularly geared for their needs.
The Foundation engages with rural schools in its areas as well with the hope that exposure to valuable farming practices will help students consider farming as a long-term and valuable career.
EFF is independent with its own Mission, Board of Directors, and Management Committee. ETG is not an exclusive partner; EFF collaborates with various organizations through private-public partnerships (PPP).