Duration: 01/Dec/2014 - 30/Nov/2016
Project contact: Dr Kizito Mazvimavi (K.Mazvimavi@cgiar.org)
Donor: International NGO,Welthungerhilfe-Harare
This program aims to facilitate linkages between farmers and viable commodity value chains in both the local and export market. Marketing challenges that stakeholders faced in the previous program are addressed through regular dialogues with stakeholders in the market. To improve investment in commercial production by farmers in order to meet market requirements, community-based microfinance institutions will be strengthened/ formed. The focus will also be on rolling out formal financial products such as weather index insurance and the use of Agrilife system that can improve farmers access to finance to develop their credit worthiness scores. The scores will be used to facilitate the development of loan products by banks and microfinance institutions. The extension package being rolled out to farmers includes business management and covers market identification, production for the market, deal making and risk management. Beneficiaries will be supported through farmer groups to lead business ventures and negotiate with market players to a point where they themselves see a business deal through. The program is expected to enable women and men farmers to manage farm enterprises and in climate resilient ways; increase demand, production and consumption of diverse nutritious foods; enable commercial markets, traders and processors to respond to farmers needs; and generate evidence to influence policies and investments.