Supporting SHF, in Partnership with Comic Relief – 2013 Activities

30 Jan 2013
SHF Development - 2013 Activities

The SHF Development project continues to be a significant focus or us in 2013. As well as continuing the activities started in 2012, we are also going to be:

- Strengthening partnerships between the producers and the micro-finance institutions t increase the access to credit.

- Introducing National Exchanges between farmers, to share best practice across regions.

- Taking on the repair of storage facilities, as well as introducing new drying facilities for use by the beneficiaries.

 
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Supporting SHF, in Partnership with Comic Relief – 2012 Achievements

30 Jan 2013
2012 Achievements & Challenges

 

At the end of the first year, the SHF Development programme has started well, with beneficiaries already seeing positive impacts on their farming.

To date, 527 individuals have been given new access to supplies including seeds and fertilisers. We have also completed the training of 55 ‘lead’ farmers, who will cascade training to other co-operative members.

We have established 40 demonstration plots, showing the improved results following the improved techniques, and we have purchased 7 cocoons to assist with seed storage.

As part of our ongoing commitment, we have also ensured medical care and insurance has been taken out by 114 individuals.

 

However, there have been some challenges to the project, which we will continue to address in 2013. One of the main issues is the poor quality of the storage facilities, making it difficult to manage the post-harvest process.

Amongst the co-operatives, we also have the challenges of illiteracy, which is at a high rate amongst the target group, and we have to continually work to alter the mind-set of some of the farmers, who are resistant to the change to modern techniques.
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Supporting Small Hold Famers, in Partnership with Comic Relief – Background

30 Jan 2013
In partnership with Comic Relief, we are working with 21 co-operative farms, a total of 1011 individuals to help them improve their farming techniques and their incomes.

Our objectives are:

- Increase income by 10%, and production by 20%

- Over 3 years, 4 new products will be grown and brought to market – meeting government quality standards

- Partner organisations will contribute and influence local and national decisions regarding farming and agriculture.
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