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 1,845 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 locally supplied by diverse vegetable gardens. EUCORD is also supporting farmers with the improved production and commercialization of staple crops through inventory credit or warrant.
Three inventory credit stores were built and equipped in Banco, Zantiébougou, and N'Kéméné and a total of 134 participants, including storekeepers and leaders of farmers organization, have been trained on inventory credit. The project also established three vegetable gardens and provided training on vegetable production to 150 producers (of whom 138 women). Two nutrition centers have been constructed and the project has provided training on malnutrition screening and nutrition techniques to 16 community workers. These workers have trained in turn trained 348 people on nutrition techniques. The project is working in close collaboration with the CSCOM (community health center) of Zantièbougou and micro-finance institute Soro Yiriwaso.