Mission Statement

To promote appropriate-scale agricultural mechanization for sustainable intensification focusing on smallholder farming systems in Feed the Future countries associated with targeted geographical regions, and enhance the participation and experience of women in the adaptation and adoption of technologies for agricultural development.

Two farmers in Burkina Faso handle an ox, a common draft animal.
Tillers International. Dr. Elsa Kanner provides training to a Burkinabe farmer on how to train young oxen in Burkina Faso.
An Ethiopian farmer holding her hand tool used for weeding in her drip irrigation vegetable plot.

The overall objective is to intensify smallholder farmers’ on-farm operations through appropriate-scale mechanization to improve land and labor productivity in a sustainable manner, considering the social, economic and environmental impacts with special focus on the role of women, by conducting the following programmatic activities via Innovation Hubs  and Field Hubs: 

1. Assess challenges and opportunities, and recommend appropriate forms for agricultural mechanization
2. Identify  entities and projects engaged in mechanization research in the target countries to establish collaboration
3. Implement gender-sensitive, scale-appropriate mechanization strategies in coordination with USAID mission goals and objectives of the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab
4. Enhance women’s skills and education in using machinery, equipment, and tools, and empower women to address agricultural issues in the future
5. Measure and evaluate impact of appropriate-scale mechanization strategies on sustainable intensification.