3. Improve the nutrition and health of smallholder farmers and poor consumers.
• Scientific and technical integrity and professional excellence
4. Provide equitable access to information and, knowledge to all smallholders and other supportive stakeholders on improved agricultural technologies in progressive and dynamic organizations along selected value chains.
• Commitment to partnerships that strengthen African agriculture
5. Facilitate development of agricultural value chains by involving and empowering all relevant stakeholders in the value chain. 3.4. APPROACH Africa Harvest shall pursue its mission and goals through: • Use of science and technology • Technology development and transfer • Value chain development for key agricultural commodities • Mainstreaming cross-cutting issues of climate change, gender, HIV and AIDS • Empowerment of female farmers in rural farming communities, where there are gender disparities • Partnership with farming communities, research institutions, and other organizations that share Africa Harvest’s mission 3.5. CORE VALUES While pursuing its mission and goals, Africa Harvest and its staff shall continue to uphold the following core values: • Excellence • Innovation and creativity • Institutional and accountability
• Gender HIV and AIDS awareness • Diversity of opinion and approach • Service to landholders
• Cultural diversity • Indigenous knowledge • Environmental protection • Commitment to make an impact 3.6. GUIDING PRINCIPLES As in the past, Africa Harvest’s guiding principles during the next 10 years will continue to be as follows: • Adherence to its vision and mission • Value addition to national goals of the countries in which the organization operates
• Programmatic approach based on developing the whole value chain • Creating and responding to market opportunities • Reaching out and empowering our stakeholders • Ensuring gender equality and benefit sharing from the development interventions • Focus on impact and tangible results to the beneficiaries • Mainstreaming social, human, and environmental concerns and issues, specifically climate change, Gender, HIV and AIDS 3.7. KEY DRIVERS The key drivers of Africa Harvest’s strategy are drawn from its core values and past experience of working with resource-poor rural communities of Africa. Some of these include: • Innovative approaches: To realize its mission and goals, Africa Harvest believes that innovation must move beyond science and technology to creative partnerships. Emphasis will be on intracountry and inter-sectoral partnerships involving men and women farmers, f, rural entrepreneurs, development and marketing institutions, research and extension organizations, and policy makers. Private/public partnerships must move beyond private sector-led, profit-driven relationships to ensure people-focused and Africa-led partnerships. • Focus on impact: Africa Harvest believes in resultdriven interventions. Even small improvements in productivity can make huge differences. Since the family unit is the first beneficiary of increased food production, it will focus on enabling farmers to move from subsistence to income-generation farming. • Focus on rural communities: Africa Harvest focuses on smallholder, resource-poor farmers, both men and women, who require a different set of interventions as compared to large-scale commercial farmers. While commercial farming is important, we believe the empowerment of the smallholder resource-poor farmers can contribute to tackling poverty, hunger and malnutrition. • Partnerships: Africa Harvest must partner with many organizations in order to achieve its vision. For this reason, in the next decade, it will intensify its engagement with a wide range of institutions and individuals through a variety of partnership
Africa Harvest 10 year Strategic plan