The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) fosters community university partnerships that aim to promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy.

Self Help Africa
Self Help Africa


Self Help Africa works with rural communities to help them improve their farms and their livelihoods.
Their mission is to empower rural Africa to achieve economic independence - and on a continent where up to 75% of people rely on small-scale agriculture for their survival, they believe that it is only by tackling the challenges faced by rural farming communities that real and sustained economic progress can be made across sub-Saharan Africa.

For more than 25 years, Self Help Africa has sought to strengthen agricultural systems, improve access to services and inputs, and provide rural African communities with the opportunities to market and sell their produce.

Self Help Africa works with local staff and partners in eight countries, supporting communities to grow more food, diversify their farm production, develop new off-farm enterprise, and sell their surpluses.

They support rural micro-finance programmes, assist producers to organise into farmers associations and co-operatives, enable farm families to access markets and add value to their produce, and promote low-cost sustainable solutions to the management of natural resources, to community adaption to a changing climate, and to the challenges of gender inequality.

Self Help Africa is also committed to advocating in support of the interests of African smallholder farmers, to ensure that there is a long-term commitment to aid and investment, to ensure the sustainable development of agriculture and food production in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa.

Self Help Africa was formed in 2008 from a merger between two like-mindedcharities: UK NGO Harvest Help and Irish agency Self Help Development International. Both charities were founded in mid-1980s in response to the catastrophic Ethiopian famine and the droughts that plagued many central African countries.
For more information about Self Help Africa, visit their website at


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