FARM IN A BOX OUT OF THE BOX THINKING
AGCO has embedded into the farming culture of Africa and the company’s brands and products are trusted and respected.
Africa’s role is pivotal to feeding the world’s growing population and repairing the problem of global food security. Approximately 60% of the world’s supply of uncultivated arable land is in Africa. Human muscle remains the most important power source for smallholder farmers.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, humans provide 65% of the power required for land preparation. Capacity-building and the mechanization of agriculture is a priority.
AGCO is making major investments in infrastructure and people in Africa and creating key partnerships to help drive agricultural development forward across the full spectrum of farming. The company’s approach to ‘serve Africa from Africa’ is central to its strategy to accelerate and deepen agricultural growth on the continent.
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ABOUT FARM IN A BOX
ALL THE ESSENTIALS TO BRING POWER TO THE LAND
Agricultural mechanization is key to unlocking the enormous potential of small-scale farming in Africa.
There is an urgent need to empower this group to ensure food security. Tailored, inclusive, and integrated approaches to agricultural mechanization can be game-changers in increasing the welfare of farm households and creating positive dynamics and opportunities for economic growth in rural areas.
The Farm in a Box (FIAB) is a totally new approach to ensure small-scale farmers get access to the machinery they need to transform their operations. In essence, it is highly-localised farm support centre which delivers mechanization services to rural communities.
Research shows that demand for machinery is high in these remote areas but barriers such as aﬀordability, availability, maintenance/ repair services and inadequate farmer skills and training are hindering the uptake of mechanization.
LOOKING INSIDE THE BOX
Farm in a Box oﬀers a tractor and implements required to carry out the fundamental land preparation, planting and crop transport plus parts and workshop tools for service and maintenance. Supporting these are a training program for franchise owners covering the operation, maintenance and repair of equipment as well as agronomy and franchise management. Importantly, Farm in a Box takes maximum advantage of the latest telemetry and mobile technology to enable remote monitoring of the equipment and the use of mobile apps.
This high level of monitoring, support and guidance really set the concept apart.
To ensure continued support and contact, an AGCO Operations Center oversees the network, oﬀering expertise and guidance, and managing the monitoring and reporting capabilities of the tractors.
WHAT’S INCLUDED? EQUIPMENT AND SUPPORT SERVICES
AGCO works closely with strategic partners in Africa, and their products and services can also be part of the package as additional options.
45-82hp tractor with
2- or 4-wheel drive
Matched implements - according to requirements but typically including a ripper, disc harrow, trailer and planter
Service parts to cover up to
3000 engine hours or three years
Workshop bench and tools, air
compressor and generator
Administration office linked to the
nearest AGCO Distributor and the
AGCO Operations Center
Training programes for
mechanization, agronomy, franchise management
Telemetry tracking and
monitoring of tractors from the
AGCO Operations Center
Smart-phone App for mechanization
and agronomy support
Additional options from AGCO’s strategic
partners including irrigation equipment,
seeds, fertilizers, greenhouses etc
BENEFITS A WIN-WIN FOR ALL
Farm in a Box is a win-win
for all participants.