Maendeleo Agricultural Enterprise Fund (MAEF)

MAEF transforms the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in eastern Africa. It supports projects that develop and promote improved agricultural methods, increasing farmers' productivity and driving higher crop yields. This means families have enough food to eat and surplus to sell at market.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (326901)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief



  • When my husband died I had nothing in my hand. But thanks to God and your support I am provided for.

    — Millicent, pineapple farmer in western Kenya.

  • We now harvest enough to meet our food needs and surplus for sale.

    — Justine, yam farmer in Kayunga, Uganda.

  • FARM-Africa is helping to solve rural poverty in Africa and for this reason I am personally proud to support their work.

    — Kofi A. Annan


Agricultural productivity in African countries has stagnated for many years due to government failures, market constraints and the difficulty of ensuring that agricultural innovation gets from research stations to rural farmers' fields. This has fuelled a vicious cycle of poverty and food insecurity. FARM-Africa believes in a prosperous rural Africa. We reduce poverty permanently by unleashing African farmers’ abilities to grow their incomes and manage their natural resources sustainably.


Through competitive application, MAEF will select 2-3 year project partnerships with community organisations and rural-focused NGOs in eastern Africa to explore new technologies in crop, livestock and natural resource management. Particular emphasis will be placed on increasing farmers' access to markets to sell their produce. This ensures that farmers boost their yields, grow enough to eat and then sell their surplus produce, generating income and ensuring food security for the long term.