Since 2011, the Foundation has linked directly with 3,900 smallholder farmers through contract farming, and impacted over 8,000 farmers through demonstration site training and market linkage through our ground activities. Approximately 45% of our farmers are female smallholders, a significant number of whom are widows or single mothers raising several children in areas where AIDS has struck their communities. The Foundation’s input finance schemes have touched many lives, positively affecting the families who have been restricted to subsistence farming, producing just enough to survive.
The Foundation encourages women with limited family labor resources to share their input packages, starting with smaller areas, but achieving higher yields.
Based on our experiences, we have designed a Trainer’s handbook, as well as a Crop and Business Farming Management manual for farmers, and will develop additional resources based on future field results.