To scale up a business, it comes with having the required business skills to mobilize various resources (human, technical, material amongst others) and infrastructure to achieve scalability. This can be introduced at the association or group levels where farmers can build collaboration amongst themselves genuinely through consensus and mutual interests that are legally binding. It is important for us to accept the reality that farming should be first a business before it is embraced as a culture. Therefore, the smallholder farmers should be exposed to critical business skills training in order for them to develop capacity to handle growth, business risks, external shocks amongst others, asides the usual GAP training that have been in circulation for over the years.

Any support given to smallholder farmers should incorporate business skills coaching and hand holding in order to grow their farming business and make it a more sustainable enterprise. Business skills such as farm management practices, market identification and assessments, shocks adaptation, risks assessment and mitigation, basic budgeting, record keeping amongst others should be incorporated into their intervention activities. For us to achieve food security, the priority of the farmers must move from mere survival to a growth mindset, where increased productivity is the only option, and business skills could make this a reality. Let us embrace the new normal for our smallholder farmers and sensitize them more to gradually accept this new behaviour for their utmost good and the good of the future generations. No one must be left behind on this journey.