Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Esamba’s a smallholder farmer in Borae, a village in the South Eastern part of Ghana. He grows 2 acres of maize and 2 acres of beans. Esamba had a problem, he needed to fertilize his farm. If he did, he will get 15 bags per acre, If he didn't, he will get only 5 bags per acre. The fertilizer cost was Ghc300 or about $75 and he did not have enough resources to cover that. We heard about his plight and stepped in. We provided the fertilizer he needed. He was excited, sure enough, at the end of the season, he harvested 15 bags per acre. Esamba's challenge reflects a common theme among poor rural smallholder farmers. Input supply support provided at the right time, reduces poverty, eliminates hunger and increases food security for all.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
-Size of acreage developed
5 acres watermelon
20 acres beans
3 acres maize
54 acres soyabean
300 acres cassava
Number of farmers adopted
54 soya farmers
1 watermelon farmer
2 maize farmers (test farm)
65 cassava farmers
We have successfully piloted in 3 farming communities in Ghana. We are on track, to increase our land acreage from 1,127 to 2,000 by the middle of 2016. Additionally, we plan to build warehouses and construct boreholes and drying equipment in all 3 communities after the first season. Directly impacting the lives of over a 600 smallholder farmers and indirectly supporting another 9,000 people who depend on these farmers for their livelihoods.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
In the next 10 years, by our current trajectory, we would have directly helped 400,000 smallholder farmers along different value chains and product in about 10 countries across Sub-saharan Africa . Another, one million smallholders with infrastructure and equipment support. In 5 years, we will have fully implemented micro crop-insurance policies for smallholders. Insuring against, pest, diseases, low crop yields and drought. All these activities, backed by a credible crowdfunding platform we call Farmshare, to secure capital to fund our initiatives.