Yes. Small farmer and outgrower programs are an integral part of our overall project. We will provide local farmers with training in modern agricultural techniques and help them with access to modern inputs (seeds, nutrients, crop protection), tools and equipment. We will also help them secure micro-financing loans from various micro-finance institutions in the country.
We will build and make available storage systems to reduce the post harvest losses suffered by small farmers. We also will work to establish fair and transparent markets for their crops and other agricultural products, and increase access to local, regional, national and international market information so that they can make informed decisions about how to manage their farms.
Our programs will support and encourage small farmers and outgrowers, whose crops can be combined with ours, to produce value-added products including animal feed, cooking oil and meat. In this way, they can share in the benefits of value-addition.