Supply Chain Development

For over 40 years Africare has worked with small farmers across Africa to reduce hunger and poverty. By helping them grow more food and earn more income, we strengthen individual farmers, their families and entire farm communities. We accomplish this by organizing farmers into farmer organizations and equipping them with the tools and training they need to improve their productivity, reduce post-harvest losses, process their crops and sell their produce.

We have extensive experience and many successes across the full continuum of connecting farmers to markets, from building rural roads and providing farmers real-time market information, to integrating small farmers into supply chains for local, regional and global markets.
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In addition to our technical expertise, the other key to our success is our deep understanding of the socio-cultural context for promoting behavior change and innovation in smallholder agriculture: more than 95% of Africare’s nearly 1,500 employees are African.

Africare’s successful supply chain development model enables farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by penetrating competitive market chains and becoming reliable sources of good quality production.

Success in Linking Producers to Markets

From 2007 to 2011, Africare organized more than 27,000 Ugandan farmers (47% women) into groups and facilitated agribusiness-related initiatives in 172 villages that increased average annual household incomes from $263 to $667. One group of 30 farmers earned $40,983 over a 2-year period from a contract providing Solanum potatoes to Nandos, a fast food restaurant in Kampala. Africare also linked beekeepers to the Agriculture Development and Integrated Organic Farming (ADIOF) organization which exports honey to the EU market. Finally, with USAID support and using Africare’s own road equipment, 200km of main and feeder roads were also built to facilitate market access and increase farm gate prices.

 


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