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EFF is a registered non-profit organisation established by ETG in 2013 in order to formalise and build on ETG’s existing smallholder developmental work. The focus is on developing smallholder farmers and their communities. EFF has access to ETG’s expertise and network but is independent with its own Mission, Board of Directors and Management Committee. ETG is EFF’s preferred commercial partner however, the foundation has relationships with various organisations in order to maximise its ability to achieve its mission.

Agriculture is still the dominant sector in most developing countries, both in terms of contribution to national output and employment. One of the central reasons for low levels of income in the agricultural sector, and small holder farming in particular, is to be found in the extremely low levels of productivity in their production activities. Increasing agricultural productivity can therefore have a significant impact on both national production and household poverty, and can be a source of sustainable long term growth. EFF’s strategic interventions in the agricultural sector are based on this key postulate. The idea is that a sustainable growth model can be developed by spreading good ideas, introducing and facilitating the adoption of new technologies and innovations.


  • There are approximately 500 million smallholder households across the globe. These numbers are increasing in emerging markets including Africa and South Asia.
  • Developing smallholder farming would ensure that smallholders become active participants in the global economy; increasing self-employment, reducing poverty and increasing food security.
  • Training and encouraging better farming practices will not only increase production but also mitigate environmental impact.


  • Project Development and Management: Our current projects involve introducing oil seeds and pulses as cash crops in Tanzania and Zimbabwe. They include elements such as contract farming, building awareness and education through demonstration plots with trained agricultural staff and market linkages.
  • Training and Advocacy: We train small to medium scale commercial farmers and local government agricultural officers on crop and farm management. We also introduce new innovations and implement new technologies.
  • Advisory Services: We conduct feasibility studies, actively engage with international to local developmental agencies to build an enabling environment and spread good ideas while developing new ones to raise productivity.