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Charlie Pye-Smith : Speaking at the Farm Business Innovation Show

Charlie Pye-Smith

Writer & Author of 'Land of Plenty'

Fortune favours the brave – from the Cotswolds to Kampala

Many of the most successful farmers I met when I was researching Land of Plenty were the ones who were prepared to take risks and adopt new innovations and ways of doing business. They ranged from multi-million-pound vegetable companies to small hill farmers.

Exactly the same thing is happening in Africa. Farmers in the UK may not think they have much to learn from smallholders in countries like Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia, but I believe they have. Many African farmers – often gathered together in cooperatives – are now using drones, information generated by satellites, weather alerts delivered to mobile phones and new crops and varieties to increase their yields and incomes. They know that innovation – and an open mind – is key to survival. With Brexit looming and the likelihood of farmers losing some or all of their annual subsidies, the same applies here.

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