AfroAgEng was formed in 2012, as the network of professionals in academia, research, industry and policy, as well as companies and private individuals with interest in the application of engineering principles in agriculture, food and related land-based industries and is the umbrella organization connecting national and regional associations and societies of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in Africa. AfroAgEng is a member of CIGR, the global organization for Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.
The Mission of AfroAgEng is to promote and advance the profession of Agricultural Engineering in Africa. The Society seeks to become a key knowledge partner and visible policy advocate on the role of engineering and technology in the transformation and industrialization of agriculture in Africa towards Agenda 2063 and beyond – the Africa We Want.
Agricultural productivity in Africa remains the lowest in the world, but recent concerns about food security, water security, rapidly expanding global population, rising food prices and unsustainable resource utilisation have focussed world-wide interest on the role of agricultural production in Africa in feeding Africa and the world. Most of the world’s uncultivated agricultural land is in Africa, yet the capacity to harness this resource remains limited due partly to very low application of innovative technologies which are necessary for improved and sustainable food production. Postharvest loss remains high in Africa due to inadequate infrastructure, limited agro-processing and other value addition activities, and the lack of favourable policies. These challenges present unique opportunities for Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers in Africa and around the world to form a critical mass of educators, researchers and industries to create the required leadership to drive the change needed to transform African agriculture. AfroAgEng aims to stimulate, promote and shape the education, research, policy and practice of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in Africa.