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Beyond meeting family food and nutritional needs, farmers’ ability to generate income through the sale of their products strengthens family economy. This helps keep farmers on their land. Being financially viable also gives the next generation a chance to continue the family farm tradition. Ultimately, our approach builds a stronger agriculture base for more vibrant rural economies.

We facilitate skills training on post-harvest processing, packaging and quality control, marketing strategies and small-scale business management. With a focus on organic production, farmers are encouraged to learn about accreditation, farmer co-ops and other mechanisms that offer protection as they venture into new markets. Our approach is based on the premise that food security should focus on markets that small-holder farmers can ultimately manage themselves.

Activities

  • Supporting the sale of products (seeds, produce, etc.) within agro-biodiversity fairs.
  • Providing support and training in agricultural post-harvest processing and transformation.
  • Training on micro-enterprise, financial management and marketing of diversified food and non-food agricultural products (farmers’ seeds, tree seedlings, organic plant care products, compost, etc…).
  • Strengthening farmers’ and women’s associations and cooperatives.
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