Generating Revenue through Agricultural Inventory credit (GRAIN), 2016-2019
Funder: Achmea Foundation
To improve the income of Malian smallholder farmers through inventory credit and to reduce malnutrition in the Sikasso Region by promoting vegetable gardens. The establishment of nutrition centers and training to improve agricultural practices in the area will contribute towards this goal.
What we do
The primary beneficiaries of this program include 3,715 families in three communities, Zantiébougou, Faragouaran, and Tiemala-Baniminotié. GRAIN is focused on improving agricultural practices - by introducing local farmers to improved cultivars and demonstrating improved methods of production and fertilization, as well as establishing a nutrition center that is supplied with locally produced vegetables and cereals. EUCORD is also supporting farmers with the improved production and commercialization of staple crops through inventory credit or warrantage.
The aim of the GRAIN project is to improve the income of farmers and their families in the Sikasso Region through inventory credit and to reduce malnutrition by promoting vegetable gardens and food centers. The project is working in close collaboration with the community health centers of Zantièbougou, Faragouaran and Djiné and micro-finance institute Soro Yiriwaso. All the infrastructure planned for this project has been completed to date.
- Four inventory credit stores were built and equipped in Banco, Zantiébougou, N'Kéméné and Mafelé and a total of 119 participants, including storekeepers and leaders of farmers organization, have been trained on inventory credit.
- Three vegetable gardens were constructed. The project also provided training on vegetable production to 888 producers (of whom 728 women).
- Three centers for nutrition/cooking training have all been realized. The project has provided training on malnutrition screening and nutrition techniques to 55 community workers. These workers have trained in turn 2,334 people on nutrition techniques.
3,715 farmers have been trained in improved agricultural practices and financial management. One of the inventory credit stores has been expanded to serve additional villages. This season a total of 318.7 tons have been stored under the inventory credit scheme. A borehole was established at Zambougou to allow year-round cultivation of vegetables. The project officially ended on May 31, 2019. An impact survey has been completed.