Partnership period: May 2016 – July 2018
ACHIEVEMENTS: A total of 20,000 smallholder farmers will be formalized into cooperatives with collective new incomes of $2 million.
PURPOSE: Help rectify smallholder farmers’ low economies of scale to increase their access to the credit required to purchase agricultural inputs, their access to appropriate information on best practices to optimize yields, and their ability to delay the sale of their produce to attain a higher price as the product value appreciates postharvest.
APPROACH: Babban Gona is forming smallholder farmer cooperatives called trust groups for maize, rice, and soybean farmers as part of the program partnership. Babban Gona provides member farmers with services designed to optimize crop yields, production costs, and prices of agricultural outputs, thereby increasing profitability and improving household food security and livelihoods.