Entries in agriculture for income (68)
In the Great Lakes region of Africa, cassava is being ravaged by two diseases that can reduce yields by over 70% and render the roots and leaves inedible. These diseases have led to severe food insecurity in the region, exacerbated by erratic weather and poor cereal yields. The Great Lakes Cassava Initiative, a CRS-led project in the area, is helping farmers overcome food insecurity. The stories shared through this document are a small sample of the experiences of local stakeholders and implementing NGO partner staff and beneficiaries participating in the project. Each story provides qualitative insight into the project’s impacts. The stories are also being complemented by more quantitative case studies.
Harnessing the Power of Savings and Lending Communities to Drive Agroenterprise Development in Ghana
For smallholder farmers in Ghana, limited access to agricultural finance and quality agriculture extension support are the two most binding constraints to achieving increased production and productivity. They also struggle to find reliable and qualified agricultural extension support. This paper highlights an innovative strategy used by CRS to mobilize partners into small groups in order to improve their access to finance for agricultural investment through savings and internal lending communities (SILC) and enhance the outreach of extension officers without increasing their workload.
To help farmers maximize the sale of their white bean crop, CRS designed a project called “New Business Models for Sustainable Trading Relationships” to enable smallholders to participate in sustainable trading relationships with multinational businesses.
Examines key lessons learned by Metemamen MF, a microfinance partner of CRS Ethiopia, during the pilot testing of a new loan product designed for rural poor farmers. The paper shares the experience of the microfinance institution as it worked with CRS’ agroenterprise initiative to design financial services for farmers engaged in white pea bean production.
The recent flooding in Pakistan has been a disaster for farmers. Many families lost their crops as well as their homes, seed stores, stables and livestock. Farmers throughout the flood-affected areas need to plant wheat during the October/November planting season, but where and how will they get the seed? This technical note explains how CRS is helping Pakistani farmers access seed.
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This poster looks at how increasing smallholder access to finance through saving and lending can lead to increased investment in agriculture. This poster was presented at CRS’ Holistic Innovations in Agriculture Programming Symposium, held in Washington D.C. on April 20, 2009.
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Changing consumer patterns have caused the supermarket industry in Vietnam to grow over the past few years. This poster looks at how CRS is helping farmers utilize this new opportunity access a more stable and high value market. This poster was presented at CRS’ Holistic Innovations in Agriculture Programming Symposium, held in Washington D.C. on April 20, 2009.
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Providing farmer groups with the skill sets they need – rather than just one – is different from the usual development approaches, and vital for empowering farmers to stimulate development for themselves at the local level. This poster looks at how combining skills sets can help farmers engage with markets and pull themselves out of poverty. This poster was presented at CRS’ Holistic Innovations in Agriculture Programming Symposium, held in Washington D.C. on April 20, 2009.
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