Catalist 2 has continued to progress during 2012 – and we have successfully:
– Trained 40 lead farmers in ISFM techniques helping them improve their cultivation and harvest volumes. This training was cascaded by these ‘lead’ farmers to a total 4,000 farmers across Nyagatare district.
– Established 40 demonstration plots to show the benefits of the ISFM techniques.
– Trained the farmers in the use of marketing tools, including mobile phones and the internet to establish the maximum potential prices for their crops.
– Instigated a farmers’ union business planning process to help them identify improvements in their business, allowing increased access to markets and improving incomes further.