Updated May 2016 African Agri-Aid (AAA) is a small UK based charity (registered Dec 2014) set up to create small vegetable farms within local communities in West Africa. The intention is that the farms will provide regular employment for local workers, mainly women. There is no education, health or welfare help in the Gambia and it is the fourth poorest country on the whole continent.
AAA provides land, essential facilities and financial support to projects until the sale of the produce allows the farms to become self-supporting.Our First Project - Kontanno Farm, Gambia
In 2014, by working directly with our Gambian partners, AAA started up its' first farm in Gunjur, The Gambia, West Africa. The farm has now just made its' first sale of a quarter of a ton of cucumbers and around 50 one hundred litre tubs of tomatoes. The entire farm is now cultivated with cucumbers, tomatoes, bitter tomatoes, peppers, onions and melons, orange trees and papaya trees, which are all growing well. It is anticipated that this farm will be self-sustaining within two years. Kontanno farm will employ about 10-12 women and 2 men workers when it becomes fully operational.Progress on the site
To date AAA has
- purchased, cleared and prepared the land for planting,
- fenced and gated off the area,
- built a security building, a shelter for children, a store and loos,
- installed solar panels to provide electricity for pumps and lighting,
- constructed a well, two water-towers and tanks with silent solar pumps,
- provided a utilitarian delivery vehicle,
- employed 3 full time employees,
- identified 2 more key female employees,
- built a plant nursery,
- cultivated the entire farm with cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onions, oranges, melons and papayas, and
- built a courtesy drinking tap for passers-by.
When our first farm becomes self-sustaining, we will seek out other appropriate locations and initiate similar projects.Small and Personal
AAA prides itself on being a small transparent charity. We ensure that every penny donated goes to building and sustaining the farms, as all the development work in the UK is unpaid. We raise money through private donations and through individuals getting sponsorship for participation in sporting events, or other fund-raising initiatives and we keep in touch with donors through our progress bulletins. If you would like to become more involved, run a marathon for us, or donate to AAA, then visit our Get Involved page now.