Audience: Who have you identified as your customers/recipients and why? How will you get your solution to them or engage them in your initiative?
Subsistence farmers are direct beneficiaries while the enhanced food security benefits SL. A farmer’s production is what a family eats in a year. Therefore their stakes are high, resulting in a strong resistance to change. Deeply embedded tribal traditions and culture pose further engagement challenges. We live in the village interacting on a daily basis with them and building a strong bond of trust. Having witnessed the benefits of technology and SRI in our own farms gives them a degree of security
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?
Success is measured according to predetermined KPI:
- Employed 215 people in 2012, with 25% women. 800 are expected in 5 years, 40% women.
- Benefited 100 farmers in 2012 and expect 3,000 farmers in 5 years, with a targeted 55% women.
- Increase rice production by 20,000T in 5 years, reducing 15% import dependence (1.1% of GDP).
- Each farmer generates a min. of 5$ new income a day, for the whole year, 5x their current daily budget.
- Water savings of 14,190,000mt3 per crop, equivalent to the consumption of 317,000 Dutch people p.a, sequester 19,000T of Co2 per year, eliminate use of fossil fuel inputs and reduce GHG emissions.
- Improved sanitation for 2,000 people in 2013, and target 10,000 in 2017, significantly reducing child mortality while producing organic fertilizer.
- Reduce children malnutrition, mostly given in rural areas, who are the most benefited from the project.