Although global demand for many of the crops produced predominantly in developing countries keeps growing, producers of coffee, cocoa, cashew nuts, tea or cotton are not able to make a sustainable living. The reasons for this are manifold> many smallholder farmers’ plots have become too small to feed a family having been split up between various children (mostly sons!) when passed on to the next generation. Infrastructure to bring produce to markets is in many parts of rural Africa inadequate at most, if not non-existent. The lack of access to financial services does not allow farmers to invest, be it for renewing trees, buying fertilizers or paying labour to help during harvest.
Based on this negative prospect for the future, many young adults in African countries decide to leave their village and move to the city aspiring to find a regularly paid job on a production site or a white collar job in an administration or office. Those that are not successful often end up as day labourers living in the ever-growing shanty towns around capital cities.
Different stakeholders have taken up this challenge in the past years, although for different reasons. Southern governments realize the social cost of growing urban migration, whereas private sector companies fear for their sustained crop supply. This is a unique chance to mark important progress!
We can help you structure and organize support to local
communities, identify needs and demand, develop viable interventions and find
suitable partners, design monitoring and evaluation systems and distil
learnings, as well as manage local implementation partners.